WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the bipartisan agreement to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year includes full funding for the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.  He issued the following statement: 

“The Glenn Research Center plays a key role in the success of NASA’s mission, and I am pleased this bipartisan agreement continues full funding for this critical asset.  The center is an economic driver for the local community and supports thousands of Ohio jobs.  I’ve worked very closely with the Glenn leadership as well as state and local officials to protect funding for the Glenn Research Center, and I will continue my efforts to ensure they remain a leader in aeronautics and space research projects that are critical to NASA and our space program.”

NOTE: Portman has long fought to protect funding for the NASA Glenn Research Center. When it looked as though the Glenn Research Center funding could be in jeopardy in 2015, Portman worked with House and Senate appropriators to ensure it received much-needed funding.  As a result of Portman’s effort, the Glenn Research Center was able to continue its Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) program, an important priority for NASA’s deep space exploration missions. The Glenn Research Center leads the SEP project for the agency; SEP is leading the development of critical technologies to enable cost-effective new trips to Mars and to asteroids across the inner solar system, and also supports a variety of commercial spaceflight activities.

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