EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Pratt & Whitney, its workers and political allies have rescheduled a rally to celebrate the jet engine maker’s victory in the U.S. House of Representatives, which killed an alternative engine for the Pentagon’s next-generation warplane.
The House voted last Wednesday to cancel $450 million for the engine. General Electric Co. in Ohio and Rolls-Royce are major contractors for that engine.
The Senate, which has previously blocked the alternative engine, must vote on the program. Sen. Joe Lieberman says he’s confident the Senate will join the House and end the engine program, leaving Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., the sole source.
The rally was originally scheduled for this week, but has been moved to March after organizers were unable to coordinate the schedules of the state congressional delegation and elected officials.
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