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Delegation dismisses Boeing subsidies

Members of Kansas' congressional delegation dismissed a report this week by a panel of the World Trade Organization that Boeing Co. has received billions of dollars in illegal government subsidies, including incentives from Kansas. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said that the U.S. subsidies pale in comparison with those provided by the European Union. "When you compare side by side the alleged Boeing subsidies with Airbus' confirmed launch aid and illegal subsidies, it's easy to see who tips the scales," he said. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said that comparing launch aid to Boeing's subsidies is "like comparing apples to oranges, and in this case, their orange is a lot bigger than our apple." Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, said: "I have full confidence that when the WTO makes their final rulings, it will be clear that the case against the European government is the only one of substance and consequence."