May 13 2010


U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today released the following statement in response to legislation sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) that forces the Pentagon to consider in defense acquisitions ongoing World Trade Organization efforts to resolve pending trade disputes among member nations.

“The United States and the European Union have competing claims against each other regarding government subsidies for military aircraft. The World Trade Organization’s process to address and resolve each of these claims is underway. We should allow that process to play out, not take rash action based on partial results.

"This legislation will not protect American workers; it will ensure retaliation against them in all industries by our international trading partners. It sounds like something Smoot and Hawley would have eagerly co-sponsored. Such shortsighted action is ill-advised, especially when taken for parochial reasons. Our focus must be on providing the best plane for our warfighters.”