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    AIAA Acknowledges Passage of Continuing Resolution
    Calls on Congress to Return to Long-Term, Stable Funding of Future Aerospace Programs

    December 10, 2016 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) acknowledges lawmakers’ decision to pass a continuing resolution to keep much of the federal government operating at Fiscal Year 2016 funding levels through April 2017, more than halfway into the fiscal year.

    The $1.07 trillion spending package (H.R. 2028) includes a provision to give NASA flexibility on spending for key exploration system programs to prevent delays, but it does not address many of the current needs of our nation’s aerospace and defense sector.

    “The usage of continuing resolutions, passage of omnibus appropriations packages, and threat of government shutdowns have negatively impacted the progress of the aerospace community,” said AIAA President Jim Maser. “AIAA looks forward to working with the new Administration and the 115th Congress to help address the needs of our community, which include long-term authorizations and adequate, stable funding for our nation’s aviation, military, and space programs. A return to regular order will support the advancement of new research, the development of products, and the start of new programs and missions.”

    AIAA will engage the new Congress to address the priorities of the aerospace community. These include eliminating sequestration and returning to the regular appropriations process, investing in research and development, providing long-term authorizations and adequate funding for the FAA and NASA, reforming the foreign military sales process, restoring the full functionality of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and providing a growth-sustaining path for the aerospace industry’s workforce pipeline.


    About AIAA
    AIAA is the world's largest aerospace professional society, serving a diverse range of more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and nearly 100 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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