WASHINGTON - Kansas lawmakers are pushing a bill that would
forbid the Pentagon from spending money to build new refueling
tankers unless the agency awards a disputed $35 billion contract to
Boeing Co. or reopens the bidding process.
The bill puts pressure on the Air Force to abide by a Government
Accountability Office report that found major flaws in the decision
to award the lucrative contract to a Boeing rival.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has made no decision on
whether the Air Force should rebid the contract. The GAO report last week found that the Air Force made numerous mistakes in awarding the project to the team of Northrop and Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. It recommended the
service hold a new competition.
The Air Force has 60 days to respond to the report.