Someone sent this to me today. – GFS 

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I received this quite a while ago, but had not had time to respond to it.  I am responding now.  I would buy the PR message here, if Boeing did not also outsource much of its work overseas as well.  It is rather like the pot calling the kettle rusty for Boeing to make a huge issue of some work being done overseas by Northrop Grumman, as some of the work would also be done here.  I fail to see the difference in actual business practices between Boeing and any of these other companies, frankly.  I do not appreciate the loss of American jobs, as many of Senator Murray’s constituents would agree, particularly when the job losses are because of Boeings efforts to try to court foreign interests for sales of airplanes and other products.   The argument would be much more compelling (and honest) if Boeing did not also outsource so much itself. 

 

It was not that many years ago that Boeing “downsized, right sized,” or whatever they chose to call it and reduced the number of machinists in Seattle and other places I expect, and outsourced those jobs to China among other places for the making of parts.  A few years ago, I heard someone who worked for Boeing complaining that the parts they were getting from China were so bad, they had to be re-machined here in Seattle, which rather negated much of the cost savings to the company. 

 

Also, outsourcing the composite material manufacturing made no sense, because of consequent loss of jobs stateside, as well as putting that technology at risk, by allowing foreign workers and managers access to what was American  cutting-edge technology, (used first militarily in defense contracts), so that we most likely will lose that edge many years earlier than we should have.  We used to stay about 7 years ahead, I’m told, but due to poor business decisions, and sloppy security practices, that lead has been greatly reduced, causing more pressure to develop new technology faster to keep at least abreast with our “competition,” and also a financial disadvantage to the US Taxpayers as well, as new products must be purchased sooner and more often.  Senator Murray, It appears foolish to frame the problem this way.  The whole sorry mess must be cleaned up and soon! 

 

 

 

—–Original Message—–
From: Patty Murray [mailto:webmaster@murray.senate.gov]
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2008 8:11 PM
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Subject: Don’t Outsource Our Aerospace Industry

 


 

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After Air Force Decides to Outsource American Jobs and Military Capabilities, Murray Vows to Fight that Decision

 

 


This week my colleagues and I in Congress began to fight back against the Air Force’s decision to award a $40 billion contract to build our aerial refueling tankers to the European-based company Airbus. As our nation’s economy struggles and our troops are deployed around the world, we can not afford to outsource American jobs and military capabilities. In the coming days, weeks, and months I will continue to speak out, demand answers from the Air Force, and work to change this decision.

Join the Fight!

…………………………………..

Last Friday (2/29), I stood with the men and women of Boeing in Everett as the Air Force announced that it would be outsourcing a $40 billion contract to build

Senator Murray with Boeing Workers

Senator Murray joins Boeing workers to hear the Air Force’s shocking decision to award the tanker contract to Airbus.

aerial refueling tankers to the European company Airbus. Boeing workers were shocked, angry, and wanted answers – and so do I.

Awarding this critical military contract to Airbus, a company that is heavily subsidized by European governments, is a threat to our economic, military, and trade security. At a time when families are struggling and unemployment is rising at home, it is unacceptable that we are investing in European jobs instead of creating 44,000 new jobs here. At a time when we are engaged in two wars, we need to ask ourselves whether we should place war-fighting tools and technology in foreign hands. And as we continue to compete in a global market, we need to ask why we are giving $40 billion to a company that our government has brought a World Trade Organization (WTO) illegal subsidies case against.

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Senator Murray’s Fight This Week…

Statement by Murray, Cantwell, Dicks, Larsen, Inslee, Smith, McDermott and Reichert on Tanker Decision

Washington and Kansas Delegations Ask Gates to Debrief Boeing this Week

Murray Angered Air Force is Outsourcing American Military Capabilities

Murray Rails Against Outsourcing Military Capabilities and Jobs to European Company Airbus on the Senate FloorWatch the Speech

Senators Decry Decision to Outsource Tanker Jobs

Murray, Dicks Announce Boeing Debrief to Happen this Week

Senator Murray Debunks Airbus Claims in Speech on the Senate Floor

It's NOT American Made

The Future of Our Air Force

Hear the Speech

Murray Questions Airbus Claims of Tanker Deal’s Effect on U.S. Economy – Flashback: In 2003, Commerce Department Debunked Airbus Inflated Job Numbers, Found Only 500 of 10,000 Jobs European Company Claimed

Murray Encourages People to ‘Join the Fight’

Air Force Tankers: Murray Decries Outsourcing of Jobs and Military Technology in Speech on Senate Floor

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In the News…

“At Boeing, shock — and then anger” – Seattle PI

“Murray Delivers Hard-Hitting Speech On Senate Floor” – KIRO 7 Seattle

“Military planes must be made by U.S. firms” – Walla Walla Union Bulletin

 

 

 

 

After Air Force Decides to Outsource American Jobs and Military Capabilities, Murray Vows to Fight that Decision

 


This week my colleagues and I in Congress began to fight back against the Air Force’s decision to award a $40 billion contract to build our aerial refueling tankers to the European-based company Airbus. As our nation’s economy struggles and our troops are deployed around the world, we can not afford to outsource American jobs and military capabilities. In the coming days, weeks, and months I will continue to speak out, demand answers from the Air Force, and work to change this decision.

Join the Fight!

…………………………………..

Last Friday (2/29), I stood with the men and women of Boeing in Everett as the Air Force announced that it would be outsourcing a $40 billion contract to build

Senator Murray with Boeing Workers

Senator Murray joins Boeing workers to hear the Air Force’s shocking decision to award the tanker contract to Airbus.

aerial refueling tankers to the European company Airbus. Boeing workers were shocked, angry, and wanted answers – and so do I.

Awarding this critical military contract to Airbus, a company that is heavily subsidized by European governments, is a threat to our economic, military, and trade security. At a time when families are struggling and unemployment is rising at home, it is unacceptable that we are investing in European jobs instead of creating 44,000 new jobs here. At a time when we are engaged in two wars, we need to ask ourselves whether we should place war-fighting tools and technology in foreign hands. And as we continue to compete in a global market, we need to ask why we are giving $40 billion to a company that our government has brought a World Trade Organization (WTO) illegal subsidies case against.

…………………………………………………………………………

Senator Murray’s Fight This Week…

Statement by Murray, Cantwell, Dicks, Larsen, Inslee, Smith, McDermott and Reichert on Tanker Decision

Washington and Kansas Delegations Ask Gates to Debrief Boeing this Week

Murray Angered Air Force is Outsourcing American Military Capabilities

Murray Rails Against Outsourcing Military Capabilities and Jobs to European Company Airbus on the Senate FloorWatch the Speech

Senators Decry Decision to Outsource Tanker Jobs

Murray, Dicks Announce Boeing Debrief to Happen this Week

Senator Murray Debunks Airbus Claims in Speech on the Senate Floor

It's NOT American Made

The Future of Our Air Force

Hear the Speech

Murray Questions Airbus Claims of Tanker Deal’s Effect on U.S. Economy – Flashback: In 2003, Commerce Department Debunked Airbus Inflated Job Numbers, Found Only 500 of 10,000 Jobs European Company Claimed

Murray Encourages People to ‘Join the Fight’

Air Force Tankers: Murray Decries Outsourcing of Jobs and Military Technology in Speech on Senate Floor

…………………………………………………………………………

In the News…

“At Boeing, shock — and then anger” – Seattle PI

“Murray Delivers Hard-Hitting Speech On Senate Floor” – KIRO 7 Seattle

“Military planes must be made by U.S. firms” – Walla Walla Union Bulletin

 

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