House Votes To Kill Pricey Jet Fighter Engine

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has won a showdown vote in the GOP-controlled House to kill a costly alternative engine for the Pentagon's next-generation fighter jet.

The vote is a switch from where the House stood last year under Democratic control. A wave of Republican freshmen elected on campaign promises to cut the budget made the difference. Many taxpayer watchdog groups weighed in against the $3 billion engine program.

The move was a loss for House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, whose state reaped thousands of jobs from the engine, built by General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce.

It was a big victory for lawmakers from Connecticut, where the main F-35 fighter engine is built by Pratt & Whitney. Former President George W. Bush had also tried to kill the second engine.


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