House votes to cut funding for new F-35 fighter jet engine
February 16th, 2011
02:48 PM ET

House votes to cut funding for new F-35 fighter jet engine

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to strip $450 million from funds slated for a controversial program to build a new engine for the F-35 fighter jet. The amendment passed 233-198 with bipartisan support.

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have urged Congress to eliminate funding for the program.

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  1. 1vision

    BZ, basher salem. I agree with you.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Same as it ever was here....

    February 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |

    oh btw if you work for the company that was going to make the new engine good luck on finding a new job..

    February 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacalyn

      Kewl you should come up with that. Ecexlnlet!

      May 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Randy, of course Boehner cried.

    February 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Azahari

    US is already dominance in air superiority. No harm to delay F35 project. Focus the money more on Americans and the economy. When Americans get back on track, you can make more F35 later.

    February 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    I see next year fashion color for the House of Rep will be blue...

    February 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PerhapsRedux

    @Frank: It was reported by many major news outlets that the Chinese stole air frame designs from a higher up within the F35 project. They didn't get electronics or engine designs. You can google it for yourself. I'm an independent by the way. 🙂 Thanks for generalizing me though. You're an American though, so you're allowed to generalize or stereotype people you don't know personally.

    February 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AirlineEngineer

    I am glad for the cuts. Companies need learn to make things cheaper.
    @Joe from 312PM- we do need to cut more programs from the poor. I love seeing the poor struggle. They are losers, and gave up on life. Cut taxes for the rich! We are the biz owners who employ the poor. And cut unemployment

    February 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rodja

    GOOD, MR. PRESIDENT! KEEP IT GOING 'TIL WE CUT FUNDS ON EVERYTHING WAR (death) projects. Pentagon's next!!!

    February 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JHA in Texas

    In the immortal words of Republican House Majority LeadaerJohn Boehner "SO BE IT". Congress needs to also create revnue, not just pile cuts upon the poor / working middle class – let look at Wall Street – TRANSACTION fees buying and selling to be paid by "BONUS Babies aka traders/brokers".

    February 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Arichcountryofteachers asprisoners

    Eliminate all education related funding now except for corporate .mil related welfare. This ensures a true utopia of harmony and order in a world that has been painted as primitive and hostile for three decades. The computer wins all jeapardy rounds... Drink up and give more power to the accidental offspring. Its liberation day for the children. All others shall be silenced. lol

    February 17, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. redcall

    most people mistakingly lump tea party members with republicans. thats akin to linking pedaphiles to democrats. true conservatives support this cut, cuts to nonessential govt programs and personel, less foriegn aid, and more state rights. so yeah we are okay with this. but dont worry libs have already found ways to waste this savings on other pet projects.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |

      The wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq were both optional and non essential and if one is serious about saving money,the logical thing to do is pullout of both countries as we're morally obligated to do and stop the obscene carnage over there!!!

      February 17, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. akajoe

    This is a very big mistake, soon we will go to war and the planes are going to be needed, remember that next war is going to involve 3 or more countries

    February 17, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |

      Come on askajoe,wise up. Are you serious or are you trying to be funny?

      February 17, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |

      Sorry about the misspelling above. I meant akajoe,not askajoe.

      February 17, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Prometheus

    Remember in 2015-ish I said it first here: When the Chinese field their J-20 stealth fighter this will be seen to have been a serious error in judgment.

    Also...I guess the USA isn't too concerned about the deal between Russia and India that was made in December 2010 to jointly develop and manufacture a new stealth fighter aircraft. Russia has already test flown their new 'fifth-generation' stealth fighter dubbed the "T-50" on 29 January, 2010. What Russia learned in the development of the T-50 will most likely be the basis for any new plans/developement of a stealth aircraft between Russia and India. The T-50 is planned to be in serial production by the year 2015

    February 18, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
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