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Lawmakers Press White House to Include GE Engine in Stopgap Bill

A bi-partisan group of U.S. lawmakers fighting to include General Electric Co.’s Joint Strike Fighter engine in a stopgap spending bill has extended its lobbying to address the White House.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and White House budget director Jacob Lew today, the lawmakers said the money for the alternative JSF engine should be part of a so-called continuing resolution that keeps most government programs at current spending levels. Earlier this month, the group urged Norm Dicks, the outgoing chairman of the House defense appropriations committee, to support their proposal.