The Senate: Finding It Hard To Share

Finding It Hard To Share

"The S in FSX stands for sucker," jeered Alan Dixon of Illinois. Decrying Japan's conquest of "industry after industry," West Virginia's Robert Byrd said, "We have to send a message to our own wimpy diplomats that we're not going to take it lying down anymore." Despite such rhetoric in last week's floor debate, the Senate approved the joint U.S.-Japan FSX jet-fighter project, provided the President agrees to an accompanying resolution that would clip its wings slightly. The Byrd amendment requires that U.S.-based General Dynamics get 40% of the estimated $6 billion project, the portion that includes confidential American jet-engine technology, while...

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