Mikulski Meets with Leadership of Aerospace Industries Association Standing Up for Jobs in America's Manufacturing and Innovation Economy

Aerospace Industries Association represents 346 manufacturers and suppliers of both civilian and military aerospace programs

March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, this week met with CEOs of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) to discuss her continued support for those on the front lines of American technological innovation making our nation safer and America's economy stronger.  

"U.S. businesses and workers need our support at home and abroad. They need transparency and predictability in their budgets so they can plan and manage their operations as efficiently as possible," said Senator Mikulski. "That's why I've been fighting to return to regular order in the Senate. By supporting American manufacturers on the factory floor and the assembly line, we are promoting our economic security and giving those defending our national security the tools they need to keep us safe."  

As Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fought hard to cancel sequester for 2014 and 2015 to support American jobs and innovation. She has been fighting for federal investments that strengthen America's innovation economy, ensuring that our national research programs keep America competitive in the global arena.  

The Aerospace Industries Association was founded in 1919 and is one of the largest associations representing aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers in the United States. Today, the AIA represents 346 aerospace and defense companies ranging from commercial aviation to space technologies and satellite communications. As leaders in the aerospace industry, the AIA provides solutions to issues that impact both American business and workers in civil aviation, national security and space. The AIA fought during the 2013 sequester to protect more than 900,000 small business jobs that were at risk because of budget cuts in investment and job creation.  

Executive leadership of AIA who met with Chairwoman Mikulski are AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey; AIA Chairman Michael Strianese of L-3 Communications Corporation; David Joyce of General Electric Company; William Brown of Harris Corporation; Wes Bush of Northrop Grumman Corporation; Jerry DeMuro of BAE Systems, Inc.; Scott Donnelly of Textron Inc.; David Hess of Pratt and Whitney, United Technologies Corporation; Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin Corporation; Raanan Horowitz of Elbit Systems of America; John Langford of Aurora Flight Sciences; Thomas Marotta of Marotta Controls, Inc.; David Melcher of Exelis Inc.; Dennis Muilenburg of The Boeing Company; William Swanson of Raytheon Company; and Scott Thams of Integrity Aerospace Group, Inc.AIA

On Wednesday, March 12, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) met with leaders of the Aerospace Industries Association to discuss her continued support for manufacturing jobs and those on the front lines of American technological innovation.