ME GOP to Rep. Pingree: Stop Voting Against Maine Jobs
For Immediate Release
Contact: Christie-Lee McNally
Phone: (207) 622-6247
MAINE REPUBLICANS TO CONGRESSWOMAN PINGREE: STOP VOTING AGAINST MAINE JOBS
PINGREE'S VOTE AGAINST PRATT & WHITNEY PUTS 1,300 MAINE JOBS AT RISK
AUGUSTA- The Maine Republican Party today called on 1st District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree to explain her vote against Maine jobs.
"Congresswoman Pingree voted against Maine jobs when she supported sending high-value defense contracting work out of state," said Christie-Lee McNally, Executive Director of the Maine Republican Party. "Make no mistake- her support of an alternative engine for the newly-developed Joint Strike Fighter will take jobs away from Pratt & Whitney in North Berwick, sending them out-of-state, and overseas."
The Joint Strike Fighter - America's next generation military aircraft - is set to begin production. After years of competition, analysis, and evaluation, North Berwick's Pratt & Whitney - and its workforce representing nearly 1,300 Southern Maine families - was selected to build the engines that will power these planes.
But now Congresswoman Pingree has voted in support of H.R. 3326, a bill that would take funding away from Pratt & Whitney's project in order to allow General Electric and their foreign partner Rolls Royce to build an 'alternative engine' for the Joint Strike Fighter. Members of Congress that represent districts with General Electric plants have pushed for the legislation, despite the military's insistence that the 'alternative engine' is redundant and wasteful.
The Obama Administration issued a direct statement opposing the project that Pingree is supporting. President Obama himself criticized the alternative engine program in an address to veterans. "Think about it. Hundreds of millions of dollars for an alternate second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter-when one reliable engine will do just fine."
Maine Republicans are calling on Congresswoman Pingree to explain to the workers at Pratt & Whitney, and to the people of Maine, why she supports sending good-paying jobs out-of-state and overseas.
"Members of Congress are expected to stick up for jobs in their own districts. So why is Congresswoman Pingree voting against workers in North Berwick, and against the best interest of taxpayers?" McNally continued. "It appears she is playing Washington games with Maine jobs, and in an economy like this, Maine workers can't afford to be used as political pawns."