The surest legislation in Olympia: The House economic development committee will on Friday hold a hearing on late-breaking HB 4034, a request for the president and Congress to halt the Air Force's move to order dozens of foreign-made tankers and "reconsider" the order "in the name of national and economic security." It's a $35 billion deal that lawmakers say could ultimately be worth $100 billion, and is already weighing heavily on Boeing stock.
Don't buy from Toulouse, France-based Airbus, the measure says, when you can buy from "the Everett, Washington-based Boeing facility." (Which doubtless sounded better than "Chicago-based Boeing" and a lot better than "the company that assembles the 787 with body components from China, South Korea, Japan, the U.S., Canada, England, France, Sweden and Italy.")
The memorial paints Airbus as a tanker upstart:
The Boeing company has a long and storied history of building the world's greatest commercial and military aircraft, including nearly 2,000 tankers, in stark contrast to Airbus which has no experience building tankers;
which might desert us in our hour of need:
We, your Memorialists, firmly believe that in order to protect our national security and America's military strength in the world, it is right and justified to invest in our American engineers, our manufacturing industry, and our military, rather than rely on that of a foreign government that may or may not agree with our mission in the world and could undermine it by withholding needed supplies and machinery.
Sixty six of the House's 98 lawmakers have signed on.
The hearing's slated for 8 a.m., with an immediate vote scheduled, and will be carried live by TVW.