The International Association of Machinists Union (IAM) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) fight to get Boeing’s 787 Jetliner facility out of South Carolina and back to Washington continues. South Carolina lawmakers remain stern on their position. Congressman Jim Clyburn is one of them.
I’ve made it very, very clear that I believe that Boeing made a business decision in coming to South Carolina, and coming to Charleston. I supported it and I worked very hard with Senator McConnell and Senator Leatherman in putting together the package that allowed them to come.
Clyburn says President Obama’s stimulus package, that is being criticized by many, is part of the reason Boeing came to South Carolina.
For the monies that we put into the so-called stimulus bill that people said didn’t create any jobs, the fact of the matter is, we had state assistance in that that allowed the room that Senator Glenn McConnell and Senator Leatherman used in order to put together the financial package to make the offer to Boeing.
Clyburn says the infusion of federal dollars allowed South Carolina to be financially sound enough to lure Boeing to the state. However, state legislator Rep. Chip Limehouse (R-Charleston) says that’s not so. Limehouse says the state did not use any stimulus money to get Boeing to North Charleston.