Senate Dems target Boehner's F-35 engine earmark

The passage of the amendment was a defeat for BoehnerJohn BoehnerRep. Meadows to run for Freedom Caucus chairman Dems brace for immigration battle 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race 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.”