Brown Secures $1.2 Billion in Key Committee Bill for Research and Development Jobs at Wright-Patt

Senator Previously Secured Language in Defense Authorization to Protect Jobs at Wright-Patt Research Lab; Appropriations Bill Would Provide $1.2 Billion in Funding for Wright-Patt

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he helped secure $1.2 billion as a part of the Senate’s Defense Appropriations Bill that would continue critical research and development missions at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Brown previously fought to secure a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would maintain the strategic program office for DPA Title III at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) at Wright-Patt. This bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, provides the actual funding. It will now be considered by the full Senate.

“The Wright-Patterson Air Force Research Lab helps create jobs and support our defense capabilities by carrying out these important research initiatives. The workers at the AFRL have the deep institutional knowledge and experience we need to continue developing cutting edge technology for the Air Force,” Brown said.

The greater Dayton region is home to exceptional educational programs that continue to develop engineering and scientific professionals that keep Ohio on the cutting edge of aerospace technology. Now that this funding for Wright-Patt’s critical research and development programs have been included in the Appropriations bill, Brown is urging the Senate to pass this legislation immediately.