2009: Congress Recognizes National Aerospace Day on Sept. 16April 30, 2010 | in News
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed resolutions recognizing Sept. 16, 2009 as National Aerospace Day.
â€œThe recognition from the Congress that the aerospace and defense industry is a key contributor to our nationâ€™s economy and national security sends a powerful message to thousands of our workers across the nation,â€ said Marion Blakey, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).
â€œAt a time when the nation is working its way out of an economic slump, recognizing an industry that exported $95 billion last year is an important morale booster,â€ Blakey said.
The aerospace and defense industry employs 844,000 workers directly, supporting 2.2 million middle-class jobs in related fields. There are also 30,000 suppliers to the industry across all 50 states. AIA estimates that conservatively U.S. aerospace sales alone account for 3 to 5 percent of the countryâ€™s gross domestic product.
The Senate resolution (S. 242) passed (yesterday) and was introduced by Senators George Voinovich (R-OH) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). The House resolution (H.Con.Res.167), which was introduced by Rep. Vern Ehlers, (R-MI), passed Sept. 9. In a Presidential Message, President Barack Obama sent greetings to all observers of National Aerospace Day.
To commemorate National Aerospace Day, AIA held a number of events on Capitol Hill including a â€œMarch to the Hillâ€ by AIA supplier company executives from the Supplier Management Council. Advertisements with the theme, â€œAerospace and Defense: The Strength to Lift Americaâ€ are running in a number of inside-the-beltway publications.
For more information on National Aerospace Day and the benefits the industry brings to the nation and economy, visit AIAâ€™s Web site at http://www.aia-aerospace.org/national_aerospace_day/.