Sep 21 2010

SHELBY: KEEP POLITICS OUT OF TANKER COMPETITION

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2011 Defense Authorization bill to ensure that any action the Secretary of Defense may undertake with respect the competition to replace the Air Force’s ageing refueling tanker remains consistent with the commitments and obligations of the United States to World Trade Organization agreements.

“Boeing’s allies in Congress will stop at nothing to ensure that politics rather than objectivity decides the tanker competition,” said Shelby.  “They apparently do not understand that a successful competition is one that delivers the best plane to our warfighters, regardless of whether Boeing makes it.  Their actions would jeopardize our trade agreements with other nations when our economy can least afford it.

“My amendment is straightforward.  It simply states that the Secretary of Defense shall not undertake any action with respect to the tanker competition that is inconsistent with the obligations and commitments of the United States to World Trade Organization agreements.  The purpose of my amendment to take politics out of the tanker competition and put the focus back where it should be – procuring the best plane for our men and women in uniform.”