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Senator Murray Argues Against Air Force Contract With Airbus

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., is refuting the Air Force's decision to award a major contract to a foreign plane maker.

Last Friday the Air Force awarded a $40 billion contract to Northop Gruman and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, the parent company of Airbus, instead of the American company Boeing.

Wednesday, Murray spoke on the senate floor about the inconsistencies of Airbus's business practices.

"Airbus has a history of bending the truth to try to convince Congress that it plans to invest in the U.S. But when you examine their claims, they just don't hold up," said Murray.

She claims the contract is a big loss for American jobs.

"Sending these jobs over seas in this big huge, and economic package oversees don't make sense," she said.    

Murray said Airbus claims it will create American jobs and build an assembly plant in Alabama.

However, Murray said Airbus makes false promises to get contracts.

The Air Force will debrief Boeing about the contract decision this Friday.