Bomber Contract Price Tag Kept Secret in Senate Defense Measure

  • Democrats joined seven Republicans in panel’s vote for secrecy
  • McCain was backed by Cruz in bid to disclose contract value

The U.S. Air Force won a victory in its efforts to keep its new B-21 bomber cloaked in secrecy, as the Senate passed a defense policy bill without a requirement to make public the price tag for the multibillion-dollar contract it gave Northrop Grumman Corp. to build the new aircraft.

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