Senate Dems target Boehner's F-35 engine earmark

The passage of the amendment was a defeat for BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE, who days before expressed support for the second engine and said it would save the Pentagon money in the long run.

Pentagon officials — and two administrations — have for several years tried to end funding for the alternate engine, being built by Rolls-Royce and General Electric in Boehner’s district.

Military officials say it is too expensive and unnecessary because the engine being produced by Pratt & Whitney are sufficient.

The Democrats have dubbed funding for the engine “the Boehner earmark.”