McKeon ‘disappointed’ GE and Rolls-Royce not funding second F-35 engine

McKeon connected the second engine’s demise to the potential for $600 billion in automatic cuts through sequestration in January 2013, warning against waiting a full year before changing the automatic cuts.

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“Decisions that could cripple our national security and our economy are being made today that will be difficult, if not impossible, to undo tomorrow,” he said.

Funding for the second engine was not included in the 2012 Defense authorization bill that passed the Senate on Thursday, nor in the House version. The Pentagon has also suggested jettisoning the program.

McKeon said he will propose legislation that would undo sequestration cuts to the Defense budget.