As Congress works to finalize the FY 2019 appropriations process, GCP continues to keep an eye on federal support for the NASA Glenn Research Center. NASA Glenn has extensive experience with in-space propulsion and is considered the leader among its peers across the agency. NASA Glenn is central to the development of the power and propulsion element (PPE) for the Deep Space Gateway.
The President’s initial budget called for increased funding for deep space exploration systems and both the House and Senate funding recommendations include increased support for this area. NASA Glenn has also played a lead role with the Regional Economic Development (RED) initiative. Developed four years ago through executive order, the RED initiative charged NASA centers with figuring out how they could play a stronger role in economic development. NASA Glenn has been a leader for the agency in bolstering economic development partnerships in Ohio and is at the beginning stages of expanding this work – with business and civic partners – across the Great Lakes region.
GCP has worked closely with Ohio’s congressional delegation to advocate for these key initiatives and will continue to support these efforts throughout the remainder of the appropriations process. Federal agencies are currently operating under a continuing resolution until December 21st. Congress is working to determine if final funding decisions can occur before the end of 2018 or if negotiations will continue into next year.