House Strikes Blow At Airbus Tanker Bid

Law360, New York (December 22, 2010, 1:21 PM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill requiring the U.S. Department of Defense to consider a World Trade Organization ruling on Airbus SAS subsidies when it awards a $35 billion contract to update the U.S. Air Force's aerial tanker refueling fleet.

H.R. 6540, the Defense Level Playing Field Act of 2010, passed Tuesday on a bipartisan vote of 325-23. The legislation is sponsored by Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., whose state is home to facilities operated by Boeing Co., Airbus' primary...
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