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Kay Granger

Lockheed rolls out first F-35 fighter jet for Norway

FORT WORTH, Texas Lockheed Martin marked another milestone in the F-35 fighter jet program on Tuesday with the rollout of the first plane built for Norway.

But budget clouds hung over the celebration.

Congressional stalemate on a defense budget for the next fiscal year threatens to freeze spending on the F-35 program at 2015 levels just as jet production is about to significantly ramp up in west Fort Worth. Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to approve funding for next year's programs.

After the ceremony, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, called the possibility of a year-long continuing resolution, or CR, "a huge risk" that would be detrimental...