GE engine safe in budget bill, senator says

Cincinnati Enquirer

GE Aviation's alternative engine for the Joint Strike Fighter is included in the continuing resolution needed to keep the federal government functioning until March 4, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's office said Tuesday. The engine supports about 1,000 jobs at the company's Evendale complex.

Brown, D-Ohio, got assurances from the Obama administration that funding will be part of the resolution needed to keep the government operating into the new year, a spokeswoman said. The administration has opposed the GE-Rolls alternative engine to the primary Pratt & Whitney power plant on the JSF as unnecessary. GE argues its alternative engine creates a competition for future funding which will hold down program costs in the long run.

The Senate and House are expected to vote later Tuesday on the continuing resolution to maintain government programs through March 4.

Brown wrote the White House Office of Management and Budget seeking assurances that funding for the GE alternative engine would be continued at the same levels as in the 2010 federal budget. The breakdown in the normal congressional budgeting process this fall created uncertainty over what would be in the continuing resolution to maintain the government.

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