Portman Announces Full Funding for NASA Glenn in Cleveland
Included in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced that the Omnibus Appropriations Bill includes full funding for the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
“This was a hard-fought victory for the NASA Glenn Research Center and for the city of Cleveland," Portman stated. “The Glenn Research Center not only plays a key role in NASA's mission, but is also an economic driver for the local community and supports thousands of jobs. I'm pleased to have worked to secure this funding and will continue to work with the Glenn Research Center to ensure they can remain a leader in important aeronautics and space research and projects.”
“Clearly the proposed cut to the NASA Glenn Research Center was a huge threat to our regional economy,” said Joe Roman, President and chief executive officer of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. “Senator Portman and his colleagues stepped up and led the effort to push back on the proposed cuts and to position NASA Glenn for a successful future. This is a big win for Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio.”
Funding for the NASA Glenn Research Center is found in the Commerce, Justice, Science budget. When it looked as though NASA Glenn funding could be in jeopardy, Portman worked with House and Senate appropriators to increase the Space Technology budget providing an increased opportunity for the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland to receive much needed funding.
As a result of Portman's effort to secure increased funding for Space Technology, the NASA Glenn Research Center will now have access to the funds necessary to continue its Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) program, an important priority for the Glenn Research Center and NASA’s overarching mission.
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.