Capitol Hill newspapers are reporting tonight that House defense appropriators have earmarked unrequested funds toward the F136 alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter. The spending subcommittee had a closed-door markup of its first-take on regular 2011 defense appropriations today. The Hill and CongressDaily both reported that the panel approved $450 million for the F136 in an 11-5 vote. The panel's chairman, Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), apparently did not favor the move but the ranking House Republican appropriator, Rep. Jerry Lewis (Calif.), pushed the language successfully. "I talked to [Defense Secretary Robert] Gates twice about this and he has told me they will veto this bill, without any question," Dicks told reporters after the closed-door markup. "I felt that we should not put it in because of that," he said according to CongressDaily. http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blog...&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Our Govt. is almost 13 Trillion dollars in debt and looking for ways to reduce that, the F-35 has a developed engine for the aircraft that has thousands of hours of flight time and testing. There is zero need from another engine other than as a way to make G.E. happy, and people wonder why our Govt. is so deep in debt.