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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash), a vocal critic of the Air Force decision to give a $35 billion contract for the next generation of aerial refueling tankers to the heavily subsidized European company, Airbus, today reacted to the reported resignations of Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley.

"Today's resignations raise new red flags about procurement and oversight within the Air Force.

"For months the Air Force has stonewalled Congress and the American people in answering basic questions about the tanker decision.  Now, on the eve of a GAO ruling, the Administration itself has expressed a lack of confidence in the decision-making and leadership of the Air Force's top officials.

"The American people deserve real answers about what happened within the Air Force and why this decision was made before $35 billion of taxpayer money is shipped overseas.   I hope with new leadership and oversight we get those answers."