Portman Votes for Amendment that will Support and Protect Ohio's Aerospace Industry

February 9, 2011 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Sen. Portman voted for an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Authorization bill that would maintain NASA’s authority over civil aeronautics research and development. The amendment ensures the support of critical research and cutting edge technology developed at centers such as Ohio’s NASA Glenn Research Center and keeps America economically competitive in the aerospace industry.

“I believe this amendment is necessary to advance NASA’s mission and to ensure that the country continues to lead the way in aerospace technology,” said Portman. “As a top exporter of aerospace products, Ohio will benefit from the protection this amendment provides to NASA’s research division. I am proud of the work our state’s NASA Glenn Research Center has done to advance America’s space exploration and to grow the state’s manufacturing sector. My vote today supports the hard work of Glenn Research Center’s scientists and engineers and ensures that this important industry thrives in Ohio.”

The amendment, sponsored by Bill Nelson (D-FL), which passed the Senate today, would make sure that the responsibilities for civil aeronautics research stay with NASA rather than be transferred to other departments. NASA supports this amendment.