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The VH-92 helicopter on the White House Lawn in February. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Biden's first flight on the new presidential helicopter is being delayed, Bloomberg reports.

Driving the news: The Pentagon's testing unit warned that the helicopter made by Lockheed Martin was not "operationally suitable," especially in emergency situations, according to Bloomberg.

The big picture: The new VH-92 helicopter program was meant to be the $5 billion replacement for helicopters currently used by the president and other top officials.

In a report dated Sept. 28, the Pentagon's testing unit found that while the helicopter was good for "administrative" missions like going to Camp David, it was not effective for emergency flights, per Bloomberg.

  • The report explained that the “Mission Communication System (MCS) often delayed critical communications at the beginning of contingency missions and did not adequately support timely, continuous and secure communications.”
  • The helicopter also still may scorch the White House Lawn, limiting where it can land, according to Bloomberg.

What they're saying: “The report did not raise any issues” that the program office and Marine Corps “were unaware of, or the issues were previously corrected,” said spokesperson Maj. Jorge Hernandez, according to Bloomberg.

  • John Dorrian, a spokesperson for Lockheed's Sikorsky division, said that they will continue "to work closely with our customer to ensure the aircraft meets all operational requirements."

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Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Congressional leaders clinch support for crucial defense bill, debt limit votes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passes waiting reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.

Driving the news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills — one creating a one-time, fast-track process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes, and another passing its annual defense bill.

House passes annual defense bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House voted to pass the annual defense bill 363-70 on Tuesday night, authorizing nearly $770 billion in funding for defenses and national security programs.

Why it matters: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) still has to clear the Senate, but the House passage greatly increases the chances that the must-pass defense bill will move through both chambers of Congress before the end of the year.

Women politicians are under siege

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Kevin Dietsch, Stefani Reynolds, and Alex Wong/Getty Images

Women in Congress feel besieged and singled-out amid surging threats against lawmakers at all levels, with some frustrated more hasn't been done to halt the trend.

Why it matters: As record numbers of American women are being elected to public office, their growing political power is being met with death and rape threats, sexist and racist abuse and online disinformation. Collectively, it's discouraged women from running for office.