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Larsen Hails U.S. Victory in WTO for Boeing


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today hailed the decision by the World Trade Organization Appellate Body that rejected the vast majority of subsidy allegations against the United States and Boeing. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced the decision today.

"Today's announcement is a validation of what I have been saying all along: Boeing has had to play on an uneven playing field as Airbus has juiced up on illegal fiscal steroids," Larsen said. "This is a major victory for the United States and for Boeing. It proves that European subsidies to Airbus are far larger than any support Boeing has received.

"Our aerospace workers are the best in the world and have achieved great success even in the face of blatantly illegal subsidized competition. I call on Europe to end their subsidies and restore fairness to the competition. I know that on an even playing field, Boeing's workers in Northwest Washington will prevail."

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