(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) applauded President Bush for meeting with the Boeing Company and its workers in Seattle.

"Today's meeting is a welcome sign that this administration takes the European threat to our aerospace industry seriously," Murray said. "Washington families know the painful toll that unfair trade has inflicted on Boeing and Washington state jobs. I will continue my work to support this critical industry and the 2 million American workers it employs. I remain concerned about the unfair, trade-distorting efforts by Airbus that hurt the American aerospace industry.

As I said in July, I believe it's time for the U.S. to withdraw from the 1992 civil aircraft agreement. Today, the president heard personally from my constituents about this important issue, and I look forward to working with him, USTR Robert Zoellick, and the entire administration to support an industry that is critical for our economy and security."

Senator Murray has long been an advocate for Washington state's hard-hit aerospace workers. Last April, she secured extended unemployment benefits for aerospace workers and has worked to upgrade the Air Force's air refueling tankers.

Most recently, Murray has addressed the threat posed by Airbus's unfair trade practices. In a major Senate floor speech on May 5th, Murray outlined Airbus's tactics and showed what's at stake for America's economy and security.

On July 15th, in a policy address at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Murray:

  • called for the United States to withdraw from the 1992 US-EU Bilateral Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft,
  • offered a new proposal to open U.S. defense contracts to foreign defense competition,
  • and introduced legislation (S.Res. 406) to create a Senate Select Committee on Aerospace.

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