May 05, 2022

Chair DeFazio Statement on the Reported Move of Boeing

WASHINGTON, DC — Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement regarding news that Boeing will be moving their headquarters from Chicago, IL to Arlington, VA. 

“The Boeing Company is at its best when it focuses on engineering world-class airplanes with the highest standards of safety. Moving their headquarters to Chicago and away from their roots in the Pacific Northwest was a tragic mistake that took them further from that mission and empowered Wall Street bean-counters over the line engineers who built their once-great reputation. Moving their headquarters again, this time to be closer to the federal regulators and policymakers in Washington, D.C. is another step in the wrong direction. Boeing’s problem isn’t a lack of access to government, but rather its ongoing production problems and the failures of management and the board that led to the fatal crashes of the 737 MAX. Boeing should focus on making safe airplanes—not lobbying federal regulators and Congress.”