Democrats plan to interfere with KC-45

by: Matthew Potter
May 1, 2008

Category: Boeing, commercial aviation, Congress, Contract Awards, EADS, Federal Budget Process, GAO, logistics, Northrop Grumman Corp., Protest, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

In this story it is clear that the Democratic members of Congress will interfere with the KC-45 award, no matter what the GAO says. The House is moving to defund the program if the GAO opens up the contract. Mr. Murtha misspoke when he said that the GAO would overturn the award. They cannot do that, just direct, as with the CSAR-X award, that the source selection be reopened. It is also clear that members from states that Boeing is in will move to conduct an investigation no matter what that will delay the program. It is also interesting that they are now blaming John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, for throwing out the lease with Boeing. They weren’t supporting Boeing when their executives and USAF acquisition people were going to jail over the deal. As previously reported any attempt by Congress to muddle up the deal purely on political and nativist grounds will only make it difficult in the future to get competition on other contracts.

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