Workers for Pratt and Whitney led a rally, denouncing the recent Air Force decision to award part of a multi-billion defense contract to a European company.
Members of the International Association of Machinists want U.S. defense and national security contracts to stay in America. They decried the recent decision to award a major part of a $35 billion dollar contract to the European Company, European Aeronautic Defense and Space. The bid of a Boeing led team, which included Pratt and Whitney and Hamilton Sundstrand, was rejected.
Congressman John Larson says that the government should protect the future of American jobs.
"We must make sure in future decisions that part of the criteria that is used is the highly trained, highly skilled workforce, critical to our national security that we must mantain here in America."
Larson says that the defense appropriations committee is currently reviewing the Air Force deal. Because there is widespread bipartisan concern over the multi-billion dollar purchase, Larson thinks that there is a 50% chance to overturn the deal. The decision could come in a couple of months.