- GE is lobbying Congress to provide billions of dollars to fund an alternative engine for the F-35 jet fighter.
- GE's campaign is a challenge to a fellow defense giant, Raytheon Technologies Corp., which owns Pratt & Whitney.
- Raytheon and Pratt & Whitney say the funding would be a waste of taxpayer money.
- GE draws some of its support from lawmakers who represent parts of the country that are home to GE’s production facilities.
- Raytheon lobbyists hope to appeal to conservatives by arguing that giving the engine to GE could give the company a near-monopoly over the production of jet engines for the military.
Military Contractors Square Off Over F-35 Jet Engine Program
GE and Raytheon are in a lobbying fight for the F-35 jet engine program, a $1.7 trillion program. GE wants to provide an alternative engine, but Raytheon says it would be a waste of money.