WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today helped pass the final Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act that includes the largest military construction investment ever made in Wright-Patt’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). Earlier this summer, Brown served as a member of the House-Senate Conference Committee that wrote the final National Defense Authorization bill. That bill authorized the spending, this bill provides the first $61 million in funding.
The version passed by the Senate today has already been reconciled with the House and will be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law as soon as the House votes on final passage.
“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 August, the Senate passed the final defense bill that included this authorization for NASIC. In June, Brown fought to ensure the Senate’s version of the NDAA included funding for military construction to expand NASIC as well.
Earlier this year, 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.
Prior to that, 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.