The U.S. House of Representatives on May 28 voted to retain funding for the F136 engine General Electric and Rolls-Royce are developing for the F-35 as an alternative to the Pratt & Whitney F135. The FY11 Defense Authorization Bill contains $485 million for continuation of the engine, which is around 70 percent through its development program. The vote followed a mark-up to the bill by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) that was agreed to on May 14. Alternative F136 Engine for F-35 JSF Lives To Fight On: AINonline This program has been cut in 2009 and then lives on again, and is a small example of our Govt. spending habits. Why, buy one that is alaready working when you can buy one more. This is not just limited to one party it's a habit that both parties havve gotten into. Want a good example here, this Alternate engine with is not needed is being built by G.E. in Ohio and one of the people that voted to approve it was none other than the minority leader himself. Until such time as congress, makes the hard choices needed to spend money wisely then these things will continue and our nation will slide furtther into a hole. Just as a side note, and I will most likely post on it as well, is the C-17 program, for years the USAF has told congress they have enough , and yet, each year congress purchases more of them. Perhaps its time congress begiins to listen to the warfighters and actually spends money the way it is needed and not the way they want it to.