Governor Ivey applauds President’s space policy directive

December 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said that President Donald Trump’s new Space Policy Directive will lead to humans colonies on the moon and a human mission to Mars.

Trump signed the President Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD-1) on Monday. According to SPD-1, NASA will lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system, and to bring back to earth new knowledge and opportunities. This program will begin with missions beyond low-Earth orbit, the United States will lead the return of humans to the moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne begins construction on new plant

October 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey attended the official groundbreaking ceremony of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s new 136,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility in Huntsville.

“This is not only an exciting day for Aerojet Rocketdyne and the city of Huntsville, it’s an exciting day for the entire state of Alabama,” Gov. Ivey stated. She said that the advanced work Aerojet Rocketdyne will be carrying out in Huntsville matches the city’s long history of innovation and aerospace engineering. Ivey said that Alabama is becoming a premier destination for aerospace industry investment.

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Brooks is founding member of new NASA Caucus

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced that he was a founding member of the establishment of the bipartisan House National Aeronautics and Space Administration Caucus led by Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Oh.

The stated mission of the caucus is to bring attention to NASA’s economic and national security importance and serve as a forum to educate policy-makers on current NASA initiatives.

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An agri-business center would be a great addition to the mega sports complex

September 8, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford
State House of Representatives

Tourism and hospitality are a $13 billion a year industry in the state of Alabama. That number comes from the Alabama Department of Tourism, and it was included in a press release Gov. Ivey put out last month.

But tourism and hospitality don’t just come from our beautiful beaches and college football. Alabama brings tourists from all over the country to participate in fishing and golf tournaments, space camp and tours of the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, travel ball sports and many, many more events.

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Ivey announces $10 million grant to Space and Rocket Center

August 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) was at the NASA’s Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville to announce a $10 million economic development grant to establish a new cyber camp and for campus expansion of the rocket center.

Redstone Chairman Joe Newberry said, “This is an audacious day for the Rocket Center and for Alabamians everywhere.”  The Space and Rocket Center has been the top tourist attraction in Alabama for six of the last seven years.
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Congressman Lamar Smith endorses Brooks for Senate

July 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 21, 2017, US Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) endorsed Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) for United States Senate.  Congressman Smith has known Congressman Brooks since 2010, and the two have worked closely as members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and as staunch opponents of illegal immigration.

Congressman Smith said, “I have known Congressman Mo Brooks since he was elected in 2010. Congressman Brooks is smart, honest and conservative. That is a powerful combination. Congressman Mo Brooks is a straight shooter. When he gives his word, you can bank on it. Congressman Mo Brooks’ ethics are above reproach. He puts America’s interests above his own.”
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Shelby: Trump’s NASA Budget would prevent Agency from reaching its goals

June 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot testified before the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee. The Trump Administration is proposing cutting NASA 2.9 percent in fiscal 2018.  US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said that the administration is “Projecting a lofty vision for space while providing a budget that keeps that vision from leaving Earth.”

Sen. Shelby is the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee.
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Roby, Brooks join President’s bill signing ceremony for reauthorizing NASA

March 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law bi-partisan legislation reauthorizing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with $19.5 billion in funding and key policy provisions supporting the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The President was joined by a bipartisan set of legislators and dignitaries including US Representatives Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).

Congresswoman Roby serves on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee that is responsible for NASA funding.
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Boeing to bring 400 new jobs to Huntsville

November 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, aviation giant, Boeing announced that it will add 400 jobs in Huntsville, Alabama, and will make an expected capital investment of $70 million in the state by 2020.

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R from Alabama) said in a statement, “Boeing’s expansion in Huntsville is great news for our state and a true testament to Alabama’s world class workforce. The company’s commitment to Alabama has not only made a lasting impact on our nation’s aerospace and defense capabilities, but also on our state’s economy. I look forward to the progress that will come from the additional jobs and investment in our state, and I am confident that Boeing will continue to build on its history of success in Alabama.”
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Rubio Campaigns in the Rocket City

February 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, February 27, US Senator Marco Rubio brought his presidential campaign to Huntsville for a get out the vote rally ahead of Tuesday’s Alabama Republican Primary.

Speaking in front of the space shuttle at NASA’s Space and Rocket Center, Senator Rubio said, “Thank you guys. I am so honored to be with you today. This setting is fantastic. America will be sending people into space whether it is Mars or an asteroid. Great nations do great things.”
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