However, recent action has been taken to revive the alternative engine. GE has proposed spending its own money on the program in order to push forward development. Last week, the Armed Services subcommittee passed legislation that would require the Pentagon to reopen the bidding for the project if Pratt & Whitney asked for more money to complete the engine.
Our defense programs must receive the funding necessary to develop new and innovative tools to keep Americans safe. However, the $3 billion alternate engine will siphon away much-needed defense dollars that could be spent protecting American lives. While GE Aviation has proposed spending more than $100 million to continue the work, that is only a small segment of the estimated $1 billion required to finish the engine. It seems that, ultimately, the American taxpayer will be asked to foot a $900 million bill for an engine we don’t need.
As the vote on the alternative engine funding draws closer, it is time our representatives in Congress kept their word to the American people. With our nation’s debt spiraling out of control, our leaders in Washington must commit to spending taxpayer dollars in the most effective and efficient way possible.
As taxpayers, we must hold lawmakers responsible. It is our money that they are spending and it is up to us to make sure they spend it correctly. With daily threats to the safety of Americans both at home and abroad, there are many more appropriate ways to spend billions of dollars than on an engine that we don’t need and our military doesn’t want.