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Posted at 2:42 PM ET, 02/16/2011

House votes to eliminate funding for second F-35 jet engine

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: 5:50 p.m.

The House on Wednesday narrowly approved an amendment that would eliminate funding for a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a move that would contribute an additional $450 million to the estimated $61 billion in federal spending cuts that House Republicans have proposed for the rest of the current fiscal year.

The amendment, offered by two-term Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), passed the House on a 233-to-198 vote, with 110 Republicans joining with 123 Democrats to support the measure.

The amendment's passage was a victory for conservative Republicans as well as Defense Secretary Robert Gates, both of whom had criticized the alternate-engine program as unnecessary and wasteful.

The vote also marked the defeat of a project backed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Boehner has generally supported the sweeping cuts proposed by members of his caucus but had opposed eliminating the second engine, which he has argued saves the government money in the long-haul. The engine program supports about 1,000 jobs at the GE Aviation plant in Evendale, Ohio, near Boehner's home district.

Boehner did not cast a vote on Wednesday, as the speaker of the House typically refrains from voting.

The engine amendment is one of more than 500 that have been offered to House Republicans' government spending resolution.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 16, 2011; 2:42 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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How much of a surge in 2009 in spending was there compared to 2008? It would have to be at lease a trillion with just the first stimulus, and that would not include all the other stimulus's. So what does the really gain us? It's time for the adult to show up and do the hard work that the President and other have punted on.

Posted by: tateofpa | February 17, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

so be it fagpublicans

Posted by: sm4269a | February 16, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

So be it people of Evendale, Ohio! Now you guys can work on your Boehner tans.

Posted by: mjwies11 | February 16, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

So be it people of Evendale, Ohio! Now you guys can work on your Boehner tans.

Posted by: mjwies11 | February 16, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

A promise broken and again Americans got hood winked by the GOP. Boehner got the top job and now spends his time partying with the extra taxpayers money he gets and the title woman love. Boehner was in West Hollywood with several young ladies and wasn't given a thought of the citizens in need of help with jobs. Boehner is looking out for his own district but the rest of the US is left out. The mission is to make sure no jobs are created and the Economy doesn't recover so they can use it for the campaign for President. Look the public has brought every lie the GOP and even Tea Party has given out and it's worked.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | February 16, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Orange Boner is doing a great job...of cementing Nancy Pelosi's place in history as one of the best Speakers ever.


HECKUVA Job, REPUGS!

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Posted by: DrainYou | February 16, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party speaks the Speaker squeaks.
No matter how you pronounce Boehner Bob the Enzyte guy has nothing to fear from this orange failure. You folks in the 8th of Ohio start looking for a representative who cares about those jobs at the GE plant. GE put a stop payment on those checks

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | February 16, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

So he doesn't give a s#it about jobs unless they r in his district. What an absolute peice of trash that man is, have a cry u wanker

Posted by: Chops2 | February 16, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Despite calls from rank-and-file Teahadists Republicans to use the threat of government shutdown as leverage in the fight over funding the final seven months of fiscal year 2011, Republican leaders have repeatedly promised that they will not shut the government down.


President Obama has made it clear he's willing to accept some cuts, but he's also said he'd veto the House GOP's current proposal because it would undermine critical national priorities. In addition, the Senate is still controlled by Democrats, and Majority Leader Harry Reid has made it clear that the GOP plan isn't acceptable.


Obviously, what all this means is that if Republicans want to avoid shutting down the federal government, they are going to need to produce a budget that can get through the Senate and that President Obama is willing to sign: in short, a budget that won't strangle economic recovery and won't threaten long-term national priorities. Basically, the need to reach a compromise. But, as policy analyst David Dayen points out, the question is whether teahadist back benchers in the House are willing to compromise.


"The question is whether the Teabagger Republicans will accept that, and whether Boehner can find the votes for something that doesn’t cut by $61 billion in the next 7 months. He doesn’t seem to have a good hold over his caucus."


There's plenty of reason to be skeptical that Boehner will be able to get the Teahadist contingent in his caucus to accept a compromise. Boehner has proven himself surprisingly inept at running the House so far and Teahadists have vowed to do whatever it takes to get their way.


Assuming the Teabagger whackjobs do end up refusing to agree to a compromise budget, the conventional wisdom is that a government shutdown would be inevitable. But it's important to remember there would still be another way: non-Teahadist Republicans could work with House Democrats to pass a spending bill compromise. Yes, that would leave teahadists out in the cold, but the House is governed by majority rule. Even if one-third of the GOP caucus sat on the sidelines, there's enough Democrats to make up the difference.


Whether or not the government ends up shutting down is entirely in Boehner's hands. The question he has to figure out is whether he can get his party's far right wing lunatic fringe flank behind a compromise deal, or whether he needs to dump them overboard and start working with Democrats. My bet is that the only way he can avoid a government shutdown is by pursuing the latter option.


A gov't shutdown would be disastrous for the Republican party, but it would also put the entire economy in tailspin again.


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Posted by: DrainYou | February 16, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Well Mr. Boehner and Mr. Cantor you could not keep those Jobs for your backers. In case many of you dont know those iengines are built in Ohio and Virginia. Boehner wanted to keep spending that money even though the Pentagon under Gates said over and ove that they did not want that Engine. BUT they claim " We must make serious cuts" go figure.
The Old line Republicans are going to have a dufficult time with the Tea Partyers which will cost them the Election in 2012.
The CPAC conference last weekend showd the stark divisions in the Republican Party. Once again Ron Paaul won the straw vote and as The Donald said " He cant win" CPac is now becoming an exercise in frutality. Where was Sarah? She only got 4Percent o f the vote one percent more that Michelle Bachman.
In the mean time the Gov of Mississippi Mr Barbour has his own troubles . The NAACP of that state is taking him to task for not coming out against the state DMV oking a stae license plate for a former Grand Wizard of the KKK. There goes the Black Vote.

Posted by: Carprin | February 16, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Well Mr. Boehner and Mr. Cantor you could not keep those Jobs for your backers. In case many of you dont know those iengines are built in Ohio and Virginia. Boehner wanted to keep spending that money even though the Pentagon under Gates said over and ove that they did not want that Engine. BUT they claim " We must make serious cuts" go figure.
The Old line Republicans are going to have a dufficult time with the Tea Partyers which will cost them the Election in 2012.
The CPAC conference last weekend showd the stark divisions in the Republican Party. Once again Ron Paaul won the straw vote and as The Donald said " He cant win" CPac is now becoming an exercise in frutality. Where was Sarah? She only got 4Percent o f the vote one percent more that Michelle Bachman.
In the mean time the Gov of Mississippi Mr Barbour has his own troubles . The NAACP of that state is taking him to task for not coming out against the state DMV oking a stae license plate for a former Grand Wizard of the KKK. There goes the Black Vote.

Posted by: Carprin | February 16, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Who would allow an NPD sociopathic dual profile power to steal from the people? A dysfunctional alcoholic.

Good grief no wonder the Preppers Depression by the people, is moving into place.

Posted by: dottydo | February 16, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Has Boehner won a vote yet? Does he even know how to count? This is never supposed to happen to the majority party in the House: you count the votes and if you don't have 'em, you table the bill (except when you decide to hold the vote open for hours and hours in the middle of the night, while you twist fellow Republican's arms).

With this and the impending sex scandal, things are looking very bleak in the Boehner household this week. I think the guy may go off the deep end, given his emotional outbursts over far lower stakes in the past....

Posted by: abqcleve | February 16, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Has Boehner won a vote yet? Does he even know how to count? This is never supposed to happen to the majority party in the House: you count the votes and if you don't have 'em, you table the bill (except when you decide to hold the vote open for hours and hours in the middle of the night, while you twist fellow Republican's arms).

With this and the impending sex scandal, things are looking very bleak in the Boehner household this week. I think the guy may go off the deep end, given his emotional outbursts over far lower stakes in the past....

Posted by: abqcleve | February 16, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Has Boehner won a vote yet? Does he even know how to count? This is never supposed to happen to the majority party in the House: you count the votes and if you don't have 'em, you table the bill (except when you decide to hold the vote open for hours and hours in the middle of the night, while you twist fellow Republican's arms).

With this and the impending sex scandal, things are looking very bleak in the Boehner household this week. I think the guy may go off the deep end, given his emotional outbursts over far lower stakes in the past....

Posted by: abqcleve | February 16, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

so beat it boner

Posted by: johng1 | February 16, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

this borock and democrapers like Dictator Pelosi and goofball Harry R. have gotten our country trillions in debt, they have been spending like hungry jackels for FOUR years and now borock's idea for a budget is to INCREASE Dept. of Ed by $12 billion, God we are in trouble as these democrapers are on the road to disaster, they just do not get it!!

Posted by: mightyheidi | February 16, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Boy, you guys are reaching with these Boehner fail stories...lol

Posted by: CarolinaMike | February 16, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

That's 450K per job, eh?

Posted by: wd1214 | February 16, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

irl lol.

Posted by: dkp01 | February 16, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Boehner cries orange tears.

Posted by: GP04 | February 16, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Look people this man Boehner and his buddy's are plain racist! They're not standing for what America stands for. I really can't see us moving forward on anything with these clowns.

Posted by: alex_powell44yahoocom | February 16, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Look people this man Boehner and his buddy's are not plain racist! They're not standing for what America stands for. I really can't see us moving forward on anything with these clowns.

Posted by: alex_powell44yahoocom | February 16, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

So be it...

Posted by: 5inchtaint | February 16, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey Boehner, if cutting spending cuts a thousand jobs in Ohio so be it.

Instead of working and paying taxes those guys can collect unemployment from Ohio.

Great move Boehner.

Posted by: treefrog2 | February 16, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

That should be interesting the next time Boehner goes home to his District. The GE plant that was to build the engine in in the same area. But then if it costs jos...

SO BE IT!

Posted by: mehrenst1 | February 16, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

This man has been an utter disaster for the United States and the American worker.

Wha... wha wha What am I saying?

Of course he has. So have ALL the right-wingers in Congress, governor's mansions, state assemblies and sitting on the courts.

Worst governments BIG BUSINESS can buy.

Posted by: PoliticalPrisoner2012 | February 16, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

So be it, Mr. Boehner.

Posted by: Publicus1776 | February 16, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Boehner strongly supports cutting OTHER people's wasteful spending and pork projects, but NOT his own. What a hypocrite. Walk the talk, Mr. Speaker.

Posted by: mm14 | February 16, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Actually, warren5, if you click the link to the more detailed article it clearly states,
"The engine is being developed by GE Aviation and Rolls Royce. The project supports 1,000 jobs at GE Aviation's Evendale headquarters." This article implies that work is already in progress and that 1,000 jobs currently depend on this work at GE.

Perhaps you have a comment about the article itself instead of just jumping on the rest of us who have expressed empathy for fellow Americans.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | February 16, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

All of them work for their constituents. This guy's no different.
A slap in the face for GE..
As far as his "so be it" comment....so be it!
Many others are hurting and fed employees are not exempt.

Posted by: njtou | February 16, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

For all of you commenting on feeling sorry for the 1000 people who will lose their jobs, think just a minute. Since this bill provides the funding, nobody has actually been hired to work on the alternative F-35 engine. No real person will lose their job. It just means that 1000 people won't get hired. Basic analytical skills are helpful if you want to comment.

Posted by: warren5 | February 16, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Congrats new Republican reps for taking this stand. YOU MAKE ME PROUD! We have to cut the pork and especially in the defense budget where we have the most room. Sorry Boehner you have to take this one. It's good for America as a whole.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 16, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

If the government were really serious about money, start charging the media conglomerates for the free air ways and free digital spectrum, public property that the media pays nothing....

Posted by: MoralPilgrim | February 16, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Felicia this is not 44 Republicans - it refers to the Democratic President currently in office.

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 16, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

This is beautiful (except of course for the 1000 workers who will lose their jobs)! Couldn't happen to a bigger moron! Boehner is a complete joke and how he became speaker of the House is totally beyond me. That man couldn't find his way out of a paper bag with a map!

How about the next cut being to eliminate the House of Representatives? That would save all kinds of money. They don't do anything useful anyway.

Posted by: aandd | February 16, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Cry, Baby Boner, cry!
When the families of those who are losing their jobs picket your house and offices, tell them: .f.u.c.k. you, so be it!

Posted by: analyst72 | February 16, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Gates proposed a budget that gets rid of $78 billion in programs/purchases that he says the Department of Defense neither wants nor needs. While on the surface this looks like the same game that DoD plays every year (they don't ask for certain programs/purchases because they know Congress will put those items in the budget anyway), Gates, actually seems to mean what he says.

Unless the GOP House wants to be written off as a total laughingstock, it better have the brains not to put a single penny of that $78 billion back into the defense budget.

Posted by: exco | February 16, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Well Boner, so be it!
If many of the jobs are in you district, so be it.
You wanted teabaggers in your miserable lot? You got them, so be it.
Your worse nightmare is coming to life, so be it!
Do you realize now how stupid you look now? No?
so be it!

Posted by: analyst72 | February 16, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is the most inconsequential "leader" american politics has seen in recent years. Other than golf, crying, and personifying "Agent Orange," neither history nor americans will remember this dufus.

Posted by: USA4ALL | February 16, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Next on the block the useless amphibious landing craft.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 16, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

So be it.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | February 16, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree with you more wmwilliams. It's sad to see these workers get sacked but as their representative put it, "so be it". He made his bed and I'm sure there are at least 1000 people who are possibly questioning their votes from last fall.

Posted by: Falling4Ever | February 16, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Rachel was right last night!

I wonder how well this will play back in the Speaker's district.

Posted by: samf911 | February 16, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Rachel was right last night!

I wonder how well this will play back in the Speaker's district.

Posted by: samf911 | February 16, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Although I'm always happy to see anything that our new speaker championed go down in defeat. I can't help feeling sorry for the 1,000 workers who will probably lose their jobs. The fact remains all of these cuts means some lower income person will go without heat, food, clothes, or health care Some middle class worker may lose their home, car, or savings. I guess it's easy for the millionaire congressmen to make cuts but there is a human toll with every one of them.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | February 16, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Heavens! These guys must be reading the bills.

Posted by: wonderingstevie | February 16, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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Seeing as how Congressmen are among the highest paid people on the federal payroll.....


All of these extremist Republicans, who are doing nothing but trying to kill more federal jobs, should offer to resign their own seats.


I've yet to see any of these extremist Republican congressional nutjobs, who are trying to destroy the gov't (whom they work for), offer to quit cashing their OWN bloated federal paychecks.

IF REPUBLICANS WANT TO CUT FEDERAL WASTE THEY CAN START BY ELIMINATING THEIR OWN JOBS!


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Posted by: DrainYou | February 16, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Of course the amendment was pushed by Florida (and Connecticut). That is where the P&W F135 engines are built.

I think it's penny-wise and pound-foolish. A problem with the engine will ground hundreds, and hundreds of aircraft around the world. Maybe our foreign partners will decide to use the GE/RR engine in their aircraft.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | February 16, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"The engine program supports about 1,000 jobs at the GE Aviation plant in Evendale, Ohio, near Boehner's home district."
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"So be it." Right, Boehner?

Posted by: iofiel | February 16, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This is a hoax, right?

Posted by: clitteigh | February 16, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I didn't believe I would see the day when something like this would happen.
Go Tea Party!

Posted by: thor2 | February 16, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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