AL Congressmen demand meeting with Defense Dept

MOBILE, AL (WBRC) - Alabama members of congress are demanding a meeting with the Defense Department about its rules for choosing a new air refueling tanker.

Last year, the Defense Department chose a partnership between Northrup-Grumman and EADS which planned to build nearly 200 air tankers in Mobile.

The Pentagon started the process over when Boeing complained about the bidding process. The Alabama delegation argues the new proposed rules favor Boeing. They want to meet with Secretary Robert Gates before the new bidding rules are set.

The Defense Department wants to award a contract by June.