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House nixes funding for Strike Fighter engine

From NBC's Luke Russert
In a vote that split the parties, the House just adopted an amendment - sponsored by Reps. Tom Rooney of Florida and John Larson of Connecticut -- to eliminate funding for the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine (F-136).

The final vote was 233-198, with 110 Republicans and 123 Democrats voting to strike the funding.

The engine, which costs $450 million, won backing from 130 Republicans but was opposed by some high-profile Tea Party-backed freshmen, including Reps. Allen West of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

The only member of House GOP Leadership to vote for the amendment was GOP Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

Due to an aggressive lobbying push from people on both sides of the Striker engine issue, the vote caused for some strange bedfellows.  For example: Democrats Jim Clyburn of South Carolina and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida voted with Republicans Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and Eric Cantor of Virginia to keep the funding.

The Senate still has to pass the amendment when they deal with the Continuing Resolution to fund the government later this month.