U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today announced he will serve as the next co-chair of the U.S. Senate Aerospace Caucus. U.S. Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Kit Bond, R-Mo., created the Aerospace Caucus in May of 2010 to help promote a strong, secure and competitive aerospace sector. Chambliss will replace Bond, who retires at the end of this Congress.
"Ensuring a strong aerospace industry is critical to our national defense," said Chambliss. "Sens. Murray and Bond have been steadfast advocates on behalf of the American aerospace industry, and I'm pleased to join the efforts they have started. I look forward to advancing the priorities of this caucus in the 112th Congress."
"I am very glad that Sen. Chambliss has agreed to serve as co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus," said Sen. Patty Murray. "He understands that maintaining a robust aerospace sector is critical for the future of our workers, our national defense and our economy. I was proud to work with Sen. Bond to address the issues that face this critical sector, and I look forward to continuing that work with Sen. Chambliss."
"Sen. Murray and I launched this caucus to protect and advocate a strong, secure and competitive American aerospace industry," said Sen. Kit Bond. "As a long-time supporter of this critical industry and a founding member of the Aerospace Caucus, I am confident Sen. Chambliss will continue that fight."
Additionally, the Aerospace Industries Association praised Chambliss' acceptance to serve as co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus.
"We are delighted to welcome Sen. Chambliss as the new Senate Aerospace Caucus co-chair," said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. "Throughout his career in Congress, he has demonstrated clear leadership on issues important to our industry and our nation."
The aerospace caucus was created by Murray and Bond 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.