Republican politicians defend Bombardier's economic impact in U.S. - Opposing Boeing Complaint
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The Associated Press
Published Monday, August 28, 2017 4:31PM EDT
MONTREAL - Several U.S. Republican members of Congress are urging the Trump administration to consider Bombardier's economic impact south of the borders as it decides whether to impose duties on its CSeries plane.
Three GOP senators and two representatives from Kansas and West Virginia, along with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, sent a letter last week to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Without opposing the means to counter "unlawful activities" in international trade, the politicians said Bombardier and Boeing offer work to thousands of Americans.
Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) is active in 17 states and has more than 2,000 workers in Kansas and West Virginia, the letter said.
They added that over the past five years Bombardier has generated US$14 billion in economic spin-offs with U.S. suppliers.
The elected officials urged Washington to work with Boeing and Bombardier and the Canadian government to find a "responsible solution that acknowledges the material economic benefit both parties generate for the United States and allows their long-term positive influence on our economy to continue."