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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on reports that the Department of Defense has further delayed the awarding of the contract to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging aerial refueling tankers.

“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.”