Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- WSFA 12 News contacted Governor Bob Riley's office for reaction to news that congressional investigators will grant Boeing Corp.'s protest of the $35 billion Air Force tanker contract that was awarded to Northrop Grumman Corp.
Northrop Grumman has plans to build the new tankers in Mobile.
Governor Riley was in New York when he learned of the news and issued the following statement:
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby also issued a statement reading:
Alabama's Junior U.S. Senator, Jeff Session, also issued a statement:
Northrop Grumman's Vice President of Corperate and International Communications issued only a three sentence statement:
The Government Accountablity Office's decision is not binding, however, it puts pressure on the Air Force to re-examine the contract and could help Boeing capture part or all of the award.
That was confirmed by the offices of Sens. Patty Murray, R-Wash., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
The decision also gives ammunition to Boeing supporters in Congress seeking to block funding for the deal or force a new competition.
The contract for 179 aerial refueling tankers is the first of three deals worth up to $100 billion to replace the Air Force's entire tanker fleet.
WSFA 12 News will have the latest on this story as soon as it becomes available.