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Supporting National Aerospace Week

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HALL of Texas. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I rise today, of course, in support of House Concurrent Resolution 292, designating the third week of September as ``National Aerospace Week'' to recognize the contributions of the aerospace industry to the history, economy, security, and educational system of the United States.

This bill was introduced by my good friend, Representative Vern Ehlers, who, as I am sure many Members know, is retiring at the end of this Congress. I hate to lose this good man, and I will miss Vern very greatly. He has been a steady voice of reason in the House of Representatives and in the Science Committee. Dr. Ehlers has been a tireless and articulate advocate for policies and programs aimed at attracting the talents of our young people into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He will be greatly missed.

This Nation has always been preeminent in the international aerospace industry and continues to lead the way today through the support of the international space station by offering cutting-edge products and services throughout the world and by fostering the development and operation of the largest and safest aviation system in the world. The United States' aerospace industry serves as a powerful, reliable source of employment for 831,000 people and supports more than 2 million other jobs in related fields.

Among its many diverse innovations, the aerospace industry developed the Global Positioning System, sensors that give us the capability to make long-range, reliable meteorological forecasts; aircraft and other surveillance systems that help defend our shores; and tools to increase economic productivity, improve our quality of life, and save lives. The aerospace industry also assists and protects members of the Armed Forces with military communications systems, unmanned aerial systems, high-performance aircraft, and satellite-based precision surveillance and navigation systems.

Finally, let me add that high-technology goods and services produced by the aerospace industry help capture the interest of young people here at home and around the world. It gives them tremendous inspiration to tackle the more difficult class work that science and engineering professions demand and which, in turn, will ultimately lead these people to a much more enriching and rewarding life.

Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support House Concurrent Resolution 292.

I yield such time as he may consume to Dr. Ehlers.


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