(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kit Bond (R-MO) officially launched the United States Senate Aerospace Caucus to help promote a strong, secure and competitive aerospace sector. The Caucus began today with a luncheon that featured guest speaker Michael Donley, the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. The luncheon was attended by leading aerospace manufacturers, industry advocates, and top military and political officials.
“Ensuring a robust aerospace sector is critical for the future of our workers, our national defense, and our economy,” said Senator Murray. “For far too long we have shared in the many common problems that face this critical sector. This Caucus is a step forward in working on shared solutions.”
“Senator Murray and I formed this caucus as a bipartisan effort to protect and advocate for a strong, secure and competitive American Aerospace industry,” said Senator Bond. “Keeping the American Aerospace industry strong for today, and tomorrow, is crucial to our national defense and economic security.”
Senators Murray and Bond are both long time champions of the domestic aerospace industry and are created the aerospace caucus in an effort to:
· Provide critical oversight of the U.S. government’s aerospace defense industry program. · Promote increased government investment in U.S. aviation infrastructure and development. · Ensure a competitive industrial base. · Promote education and workforce development programs that prepare Americans for careers in the aerospace industry.