The Nation

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Les Aspin said he wants a "cold turkey" freeze on funds for the stealth bomber, and President Bush stepped up his lobbying effort for the radar-evading plane and other defense systems. Aspin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, said Congress needs more information on the costly stealth bomber, as the B-2 plane is known. Meanwhile, Bush called Aspin and other members of the House Armed Services and Appropriations committees to the White House, pressing them to back his budget proposals for the B-2, as well as the strategic defense initiative, the MX missile and the Midgetman missile. The House and Senate are scheduled to vote next week on those programs.

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