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Knight Defends NASA Aeronautics Funding

Congressman Urges Higher Spending Level For Flight Research Directorate

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Washington, September 30, 2016 | Daniel Outlaw (202-225-1956) | comments

Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) sent a letter to House negotiators on Friday imploring them to fully fund aeronautics programs in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) budget when the House and Senate meet to work out differences between their respective agency authorization bills.

The letter, sent to House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (TX-21) and Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), comes after the Senate advanced its own version of a NASA authorization bill, in which it proposes to cut funding for aeronautics research by $39 million in 2017. Knight argues that the cut would halt the advancement of United States aviation at a critical time and proposes that funding should be increased.

“We strongly urge you to maintain a position that adequately supports our nation’s aeronautics enterprise in negotiating authorized funding levels for NASA for Fiscal Year 2017 with your counterparts in the Senate,”
the letter states. “We must recommit ourselves to an aeronautics program that is capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century, positions America’s industry to lead tomorrow’s global aviation market, and maintains the nation’s air dominance.”

Knight, who sits on the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, is a longtime supporter of boosting American aeronautics research. Earlier this year he authored a bill to expand the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) research and development initiatives integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into our national airspace, which passed the House in July. Additionally he introduced the Aeronautics Innovation Act, which lays out a comprehensive roadmap for American aerospace with the goal of securing the nation’s aerospace technology edge as international competition intensifies.

“Aeronautics is the first “A” in NASA. It is crucial to our national security as well as our economy, especially here in Southern California,”
said Rep. Knight. “We must ensure our continued success in this industry by properly investing in aeronautics research and development today.”

A copy of the letter can be found here. 

 
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