WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Senate is expected to pass funding to expand the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson in Dayton. The measure was included as a part of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act and it is expected to pass the Senate this evening. The bill includes $116 million for military construction to expand NASIC.

The bill also includes $277 million for Air Force bases to continue efforts to keep Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances – toxic chemicals known as PFAS – from getting into the local water supply and additional funding to further the development of alternative chemicals that are safer. Brown will continue urging the Air Force to prioritize Wright-Patt and the Dayton community for these remediation funds.

“The National Air and Space Intelligence Center is critical to our national security and the Wright-Patt community,” said Brown. “This investment ensures our servicemembers have the necessary resources to tackle security challenges we face around the world.”

In January, Brown wrote to Secretary Mattis calling for an investment at NASIC, along with other Ohio priorities. And in October 2017, Brown spoke to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson about investing in construction needs at the base.

In March 2017, Brown – as co-chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus – brought his Republican caucus co-chair John Boozman (R-AR), Armed Services Committee Members Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and tour the facility. Together, Brown and Portman highlighted critical research and development work done at the base in support of the Air Force and national security.

Brown also met with Sec. Mattis in March of 2017 to outline Ohio military priorities. During the meeting, Brown invited Mattis to visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Air National Guard 178th Wing in Springfield.