Senators: Cut a Check for Fighter Engine (Or Else)

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Senators: Cut a Check for Fighter Engine (Or Else)

Wall Street Journal — Back in December, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) got an early Christmas present: A letter from Jacob Lew, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, affirming that an eleventh-hour budget deal would sustain funding for an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine, which General Electric Co. is developing at a facility outside of Cincinnati.

But Mr. Brown is evidently worried that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who is expected to be on Capitol Hill today to brief lawmakers on the department’s priorities, may pull the plug on the engine anyway.

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