ABC News has previously reported on the controversy over the alternate engine, on GE's expansive lobbying effort in Washington -- the company is now the number one corporate lobbyist in the capital, by dollars spent -- and on the alternate engine's survival despite opposition from the Pentagon and two administrations dating back to 2007.
Despite what ABC News has reported about opposition to the project, said GE's Rick Kennedy, "every attempt to strip this program has been defeated by the Senate."
"We are at square one," said Kennedy.
Pratt and Whitney's Risseeuw declined to predict what would happen when Congress finalizes the budget, but noted that Pratt and Whitney had already won votes in Congress to strip funding. "We prevailed and the alternate engine money was deleted," said Risseeuw. "We hope that that would continue."