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Trade and procurement policies in conflict, Tiahrt says

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, co-wrote a letter to President Obama with Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., pointing out how the U.S. trade representatives recently won a World Trade Organization ruling against Airbus for illegal subsidies, yet the U.S. Air Force is still considering purchasing refueling tankers from Airbus. "Our federal trade policies and defense procurement policies should work in coordination, not conflict," the letter said. "We believe that American taxpayers must not be forced to foot the bill for products which benefited from illegal subsidies."