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(Washington, D.C.) –U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded passage of an amendment requiring the Pentagon to consider any unfair advantages illegal subsidies provide in the competition to replace the U.S. military’s next generation of aerial refueling tankers. The legislation, which was sponsored by Representative Jay Inslee, passed in the House of Representatives as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill. Senator Murray is a sponsor of companion legislation in the Senate.

“On a level playing field, American workers can compete and win against anyone. Unfortunately, as the WTO’s recent ruling on Airbus shows, illegal subsidies have created an uphill battle for our workers and American aerospace. Our workers are now not only competing against rival companies, they are competing against the treasuries of European governments.  It’s time for the Pentagon to consider WTO rulings on illegal subsidies when making critical procurement decisions.”