Rep. Fudge Urges Full Funding for NASA Glenn, Plum Brook


WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led a group of Ohio Congressional representatives in sending letter to President Barack Obama urging him to fully fund the NASA Glenn Research Center and Plum Brook Station in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget.

The letter, also signed by Representatives Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Tim Ryan (OH-17), Betty Sutton (OH-13), and Marcia Fudge (OH-11), underscored the economic importance of NASA Glenn and Plum Brook to Ohio. “In addition to the crucial role Glenn plays within NASA, it is an asset of Ohio’s that must not be compromised. With an economic output of $1.3 billion last year and a labor force of more than eight thousand people in the State of Ohio, the effects of inadequate funding could be devastating,” the members wrote.

In the letter, the members wrote that the “the skills, experience, facilities, and infrastructure at Glenn are unique, invaluable, and irreplaceable.” The members also urged President Obama to maintain or expand the critical role that NASA Glenn plays in exploration technology development, “to make full use of the Glenn capabilities.”

“NASA Glenn and Plum Brook are essential not only to America’s leadership in space and aeronautics, but to the economic livelihood of northern Ohio,” Brown said. “NASA provides thousands of stable, good-paying jobs to Ohioans, which is why securing the maximum funding for NASA Glenn and Plum Brook in the 2012 budget is so critical.”

“My viewpoint is simple: Either we’re going to protect the valuable gains that NASA Glenn has made over the years or not. I’m committed to scientific research and exploration, which has enriched American innovation in every area of our lives– healthcare, education, and technology. My commitment means that I’ll fight for Glenn’s funding and stand by its wonderful personnel,” said Rep. Fudge.

“We are committed to a bright future for NASA Plum Brook and its incomparable assets. Continuing the improvements and investments there will create the jobs of the future and spur even more technological innovation,” said Rep. Kaptur.

“The broad influence of NASA Glenn is felt throughout Northeastern Ohio and the United States,” stated Rep. Ryan. “The facility injects millions of dollars into our state economy, and its 8,000 highly-skilled employees undertake important research and development initiatives that keep American science and technology programs competitive on a global basis. It is imperative that we continue to fully-fund this critical resource.”

“I urge the President to fully fund our NASA facilities in Northeast Ohio, because it’s not only about space exploration, but also about creating and preserving thousands of good-paying jobs,” said Rep. Sutton. “These high-tech research and development jobs will lead to more of the scientific advances that our country has benefited from over the past 50 years.”