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February 16, 2011

HOUSE REBUFFS BOEHNER, SCRAPS F-35 JET ENGINE PROGRAM.... Following up on an earlier item, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) asked for a few billion dollars to build a jet engine for the Pentagon that the Pentagon doesn't want. Today, Boehner's colleagues said, "No."

In a sign that some freshman Republicans were willing to cut military spending, the House voted 233-198 on Wednesday to cancel an alternate fighter jet engine that the Bush and Obama administrations had tried to kill for the last five years.

The vote marked another instance in which some of the new legislators, including members of the Tea Party, broke ranks with the House speaker, John A. Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, where the engine provided more than 1,000 jobs.

President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress to scrap the engine and save up to $3 billion over the next several years. John Boehner urged Congress to approve the wasteful spending anyway. Today, Boehner lost.

The vote was unusually bipartisan, and tended to follow geographic, not political lines. In all, 233 lawmakers voted against the unnecessary engine -- 123 Democrats and 110 Republicans.

Of course, it's worth emphasizing that 130 House Republicans -- the ones who claim to be desperate to cut unnecessary spending, even if it leads to massive layoffs -- voted to keep spending taxpayer money on an engine the Pentagon doesn't need and didn't ask for.

Steve Benen 3:55 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (25)

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To those in the tan mans district who will lose jobs - In the words of Mr Boehner -'So be it'

Posted by: j on February 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK

John Boehner:
Their great leader!

The kind of leader who can't get people with bladder infections or other urinary problems to follow him to the bathroom.

He can't get even his own side to vote with him, they keep leaking away.

I have a new title for Boehner:"

John Boner - Our Leaker of the House!

Posted by: c u n d gulag on February 16, 2011 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

$3 million per job.

Posted by: r on February 16, 2011 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

Now those people in your district Mr Boehner can ask you 'where are the jobs'

Posted by: joan on February 16, 2011 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

In a sign that some freshman Republicans were willing to cut military spending

It's also some kind of sign that the media refers to it accurately as "military" spending, not "defense."

Posted by: Gregory on February 16, 2011 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

The extra engine, a Rolls-Royce (literally!) is built in a plant in Boehner's home state.

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on February 16, 2011 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

LOL

Boehner has lost control of his caucus...if he ever had it to begin with.

Posted by: sue on February 16, 2011 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

Nancy Pelosi - he aint!

Posted by: j on February 16, 2011 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

Once again, Rachel Maddow was way out in front of the beltway press on this. Granted, that isn't exactly a high bar.

While I'm glad this vote went the way it did, it just reaffirms Boehner's ineptitude.

Posted by: Holmes on February 16, 2011 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

Why isn't it worth emphasizing that a large number of Dems also voted foolishly...?

Posted by: Jim Pharo on February 16, 2011 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

Good to see common sense prevail. We need to see more of that throughout the budget process. Not all government spending is good spending, even if it costs jobs.

Posted by: Concerned on February 16, 2011 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

We're in for a lot of free-falling this Congressional session! Now, Mr. Cantor, where is the certainty in that, as you've alluded to it in the past, our business community doesn't respond too well to uncertainty.

Well, even in these early hours of this new Congress it is becoming increasingly obvious Mr. Boehner and Mr. Cantor are not in charge of their rank and file, let alone knowledgeable on how to govern responsibly!

Hey Boehner and Cantor, what are you running? A Congressional amateur hour? A three-ring Congressional cirus? A no-holds-barred steel-caged Congressional blood fest?

Just what the hell are you two doing beside helping our beloved nation go to hell in a hand basket made by those Tea Partying sorts you two so ignorantly let into the tent in the first place!

Now that the Tea Partyers are pissing inside the Republican tent, how long before Boehner and Cantor ask for life-jackets? -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on February 16, 2011 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

"...the engine provided more than 1,000 jobs."

"So be it."

Posted by: James at home on February 16, 2011 at 4:40 PM | PERMALINK

Glad you guys think it's so funny that so many Ohioans will be out of work because of this. We do need to cut spending but as I have always maintained we need to cut it from society's non producers. The men who serve in our military and put our lives on the line deserve America's respect but all the Democrats want to do is spit on the armed forces. This is just another example of that. I guess cutting this engine will give Obama more money for illegitimate black children who are fed by breast pump per Michelle's orders because their mothers are so busy out working that they won't take care of their kids like mothers used to.

Posted by: Mlke K on February 16, 2011 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Oh dear, I hope General Electric did not give him too big a payday to protect this earmark for them. I guess they now have buyers remorse.
To echo James at Home 'So be it'

Posted by: js on February 16, 2011 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

"$3 million per job."

Not quite correct because it will mean job losses elsewhere as well (including in my district, the MA-6th, where GE has a jet engine plant).

Posted by: oddjob on February 16, 2011 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

Spend the 3 Billion on light rail and other worthwhile projects that help people rather than kill them. That will get the thousand jobs back and more.

Posted by: ofladrt on February 16, 2011 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

Mike K - get real, the military have constantly said they do not want these engines and will not use them.

Posted by: j on February 16, 2011 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

There are other projects that can create jobs than military hardware. There is 3 Billion available to spend according to the weeper of the house, at least if you spend it in his district. Cuts in defense spending that destroy jobs should be accompanied with spending that creates jobs.

Posted by: ofladrt on February 16, 2011 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

Did he cry at the results?

*sniff*

Posted by: mongo slade on February 16, 2011 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

He got a taste of his own words - "Hell No You Can't!"

Posted by: whichwitch on February 16, 2011 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

Uh, folks it's "MlkeK" who posted, not "MikeK". Although really, the only difference I've noted is that "MlkeK" is obviously a parody; with "MikeK" spouting all that Republican/Teabagger gibbersish, who can tell?

Posted by: Doug on February 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

"Glad you guys think it's so funny that so many Ohioans will be out of work because of this. We do need to cut spending but as I have always maintained we need to cut it from society's non producers. The men who serve in our military and put our lives on the line deserve America's respect but all the Democrats want to do is spit on the armed forces. This is just another example of that. I guess cutting this engine will give Obama more money for illegitimate black children who are fed by breast pump per Michelle's orders because their mothers are so busy out working that they won't take care of their kids like mothers used to."

and if these mothers quit work to stay home to take care of their kids you would whine that they were welfare queens. man!!! talk about entitlements!!! you conservatives want it both ways!!!!

Posted by: thom delahunt on February 16, 2011 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with Jim Pharo; Sure, 130 Republicans showed just how hypocritical they truly are, but why doesn't anyone mention that 70 Democrats also voted for this appalling waste of resources?

I'm kinda disappointed that this wasn't even mentioned by Mr. Benen.

Posted by: trog69 on February 17, 2011 at 1:20 AM | PERMALINK

Not to mention that the F-35 fighter has no real mission, either, these days. In the Senate you've got to expect the CT delegation to keep it shut down in behalf of Pratt and Whitney.

Posted by: bob h on February 17, 2011 at 5:23 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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