Arlington, Va. — AIA welcomes last night’s passage of a five-year transportation bill – this is the first time in 17 years that the House and Senate have come together to produce a transportation bill of this length and duration and we congratulate them on that accomplishment. In particular, we are relieved and delighted that the bill served as a vehicle for a four-year reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The Ex-Im Bank is a valuable tool supporting exports in the aerospace industry – the leading export industry in the U.S. manufacturing sector with a trade surplus of nearly $62 billion. By reauthorizing the Bank, America is sending a clear signal that we are serious about competing in the global marketplace and will take the necessary steps to ensure American exporters have a level playing field.
Arlington, Va. — AIA calls on Congress to pass an omnibus appropriations bill in early December that would avoid the specter of a year-long continuing resolution. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 provides badly-needed funds and a measure of stability across all government agencies for the next two years. Congress should follow the dictates of the budget deal they negotiated less than two months ago and pass a full-year appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016.
Arlington, Va. — Guy Norris, a well-respected and award-winning aerospace and defense journalist and author, has been selected to receive the 2015 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications. “We’re delighted to recognize Guy Norris with this year’s Lyman Award,” said AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher. “His distinguished record of accurate reporting and dedicated focus on our industry exemplifies many of the qualities that Deac Lyman brought to both his reporting and public relations careers.”
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher on the two-year budget deal passing in the House.
Arlington, Va. — AIA is relieved and thankful that the House has passed legislation lifting the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The deal provides an additional $50 billion for base defense spending over the next two years and substantial increases in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. These are significant increases providing badly-needed funds and some measure of stability to the Department of Defense for the next two years.
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher on Defense Related Associations joining to urge Congress to pass a two-year budget deal.
Arlington, Va. — Today, in a spirit of cooperation, the heads of twelve Defense Related Associations joined to send a letter urging Congress to pass a two-year budget deal offsetting budget caps under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Such a deal would avoid the disruptions inherent in a full-year continuing resolution and provide adequate resources for our military to conduct today’s missions and prepare for the next crisis.
Joint Statement by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, Research!America and United for Medical Research urging Congress to raise budget caps restraining vital investments in national security and medical research.
Arlington, Va. — Today the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, Research!America and United for Medical Research joined to send Congress a letter urging all of America’s elected representatives in the House and Senate to work together to move forward with responsible funding of our national security and medical research priorities. The letter states “We must base spending priorities on current and future threats and opportunities, or American security, prosperity, and global leadership will be compromised. Among these priorities are preserving global stability, defending our homeland and fighting diseases that rob Americans of life, health, independence and time.”
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher on the passage of a discharge petition allowing Congress to hold a vote to reauthorize the Export Import Bank of the United States.
Arlington, Va. — We are delighted with today’s passage of a discharge petition on Rep. Fincher’s (R-Tenn.) bill reauthorizing the Export Import Bank of the United States. So far, American companies have lost three space payload orders, billions of dollars in American commercial airplane sales are at risk, and several companies are talking about moving operations overseas – all because ExIm Bank financing has not been available since July 1. Enough is enough – Congress must hold the vote and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.