People of Northwest Public Radio
Tue December 10, 2013
Washington Congressional Delegation Urges Boeing to Keep 777X Production In The Northwest
Boeing is beginning to weigh proposals from states vying to win the 777X assembly plant. Now, with time running short, Washington’s Congressional delegation has sent a letter to Boeing, reminding the company of all they’ve done to help advance the company’s interests in Washington.
All 12 members of the delegation signed the letter to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Ray Conner. Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen represents the 2nd district, which includes Boeing’s current 777X factory in Everett.
So we put this letter together to just let Boeing know there’s not a better state delegation in Congress that supports aerospace overall and the efforts that Boeing has on a lot of fronts says Larson.
The letter reminds Boeing that the lawmakers pushed to extend authority for the Export-Import Bank, which helps airlines outside of the U.S. finance plane purchases from Boeing. And the politicians fought for years to win the aerial refueling tanker contract for Boeing instead of Airbus. They say they’re also focused on opening new markets through trade, investing in workforce development and building a strong transportation system. Boeing says it plans to make a decision about the 777X site by early next year.
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