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(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after the Air Force’s top acquisition official, Lieutenant General Mark Shackelford, said that the aerial refueling tanker award date will be delayed. The announced delay comes a little more than one month after Pentagon officials denied that their decision to allow Airbus extra time to bid would delay the award date.  

“It’s now clear that the Pentagon is playing games. Just last month, after delaying this contract to allow an illegally subsidized foreign competitor to bid, the Pentagon assured us that the extra time would not delay the contract. But as we have found out today, those promises were all smoke and mirrors.

“The truth is that the Pentagon’s plans to bend over backwards for Airbus will mean another delay at the expense of our men and women in uniform, American workers, and our economy.

“It’s time for the Pentagon to come clean. It’s time for them to admit to the fact that by making concession after concession to a company that has had ample time to bid they are slowing this process down.  It’s time to stop changing the rules for a company that refuses to play by them. American workers and our service members deserve better than the runaround.”