WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and several colleagues, including Representative David McKinley (R-W.Va.), released the following statement about today’s preliminary determination from the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding proposed tariff increases on the sales of Bombardier C series aircraft:

“We are disappointed with the Department [of Commerce’s] preliminary decision to impose additional duties on the C Series aircraft. This decision is shortsighted and threatens thousands of good jobs across the country supported by Bombardier and its suppliers. We urge the department to work with the parties to find a responsible solution that will not negatively impact American aerospace workers, American airlines and airline consumers before reaching a final decision.”

Bombardier employs approximately 400 workers at its aircraft service center located in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

This summer, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled, preliminarily, that U.S. manufacturers of large civil aircraft may be threatened with material injury by the prospective sales of aircraft from Bombardier to Delta Airlines. A final judgment from the Department of Commerce is due in February 2018. 

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