So what ever happened to mister Fiscally Responsable? I read about this engine a couple of months ago, long before Scott brought this up. This is what they were saying a couple of months ago its not needed. Spending critic Brown backs Mass. weapons bid - The Boston Globe WASHINGTON â€” Senator Scott Brown says he will fight to fund a multibillion-dollar weapons program that could generate jobs in Massachusetts but that the Pentagon insists it does not need, sparking criticism that Brown is breaking his campaign vow to rein in wasteful spending. The Bay State Republicanâ€™s support for General Electricâ€™s bid to build a backup engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter puts the new senator in the middle of a confrontation over congressional earmarks with the Obama administration, which has threatened a presidential veto if Congress inserts funding for the engine for the fifth year in a row.