Sen. Patty Murray's staff has apparently peeled her off the ceiling enough to get a comment on reports the Pentagon will delay awarding the bid for a new Air Force aerial tanker yet still again. To wit:
“These endless delays come at the
expense of our men and women in uniform, American workers, and our economy. I
want to hear directly from the Pentagon on why we are again delaying this
contract for a company that has had ample time to bid and compete. I also want
to know why we continue to bend over backwards to accommodate an illegally
subsidized foreign company.
“Concession after concession has been made to keep Airbus at the table. Yet we have seen no bid and no sign that they are willing to play by the rules. In fact, all we have seen are delay tactics and repeated efforts to gain U.S. market share and undercut American workers.
“Boeing’s workers have the know-how and product to build these tankers. They are ready to compete. It’s time to stop playing the waiting game and to move forward with getting these tankers into the hands of our men and women in uniform.”