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Washington Sen. Patty Murray (D) said a few minutes ago on the Senate floor that she and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback (R) will offer an amendment to the 2011 defense authorization bill in that chamber that would - if enacted - require the Pentagon to consider whether a bidder enjoys an "unfair competitive advantage."The Boeing proponents have long argued that EADS enjoyed such an unfair advantage in its pursuit of the USAF KC-X aerial refueling tanker program. In her floor speech, Murray also linked award of the program to providing domestic jobs (C-Span video here).The Senate is expected to face a key procedural decision this afternoon on whether to move forward with the defense bill, which includes a few contentious provisions like repealing the so-called Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), a leading member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said right after Murray it was not clear whether the chamber's leaders could muster the necessary 60 votes for the vote.
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