Apparently in an email to F-35 contractors, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is revealing his plans to secure at least $225 billion of F-35 funding, to counter any cuts or slowdown of work (sequestration or otherwise), and production of next 100 F-35's. 100 F-35 for $225 Billion? Really? I used to work and have friends in defense contracting, good to see defense still thriving. (why did I leave? ) Should come as no surprise The F-35 is build in Ft Worth, TX, and the fresh Senator is a spare-no-dime supporter of it. During the Texas senatorial debates he vociferously supported the program.