"Airbus in Mobile will continue to take a growing role in aviation..."
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August 21, 2019 - by David Preston - for bamapolitics.com
Clearly the aerospace industry is important to Alabama. While Huntsville has long been at the forefront of the nation's aerospace industry.
Airbus in Mobile will continue to take a growing role in aviation.
We also have Bell Helicopter in Ozark competing for the vertical lift helicopter modernization contract and Sikorsky manufacturing Navy Seahawks helicopters in Troy.
I would love to have a seat on the Commerce Committee and the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space. That would, however, mean that I would have to give up my seats on the Banking and Housing Committee, the Health and Education Committee and the Armed Services Committee, each of which is also very important to folks in Alabama.
The fact of the matter is that many of the issues dealing with aerospace also come up in the influential Senate Armed Services Committee, which I was appointed to at the end of 2018.
I sought an assignment to that committee because I wanted to have a voice in strengthening our national defense and ensuring that our men and women in uniform had the resources they needed to do their jobs well and return home safely.
I also wanted to be a voice for the tens of thousands of Alabamians who work in related industries supplying our armed forces. From my position on the Armed Services Committee, I have advocated strongly on behalf of our many defense and aerospace assets, including to leaders at the Defense Department to place the new Space Command in Huntsville.
I think it is important to know that while not a member of the Commerce Committee, I have been vocal in my opposition to the Administration's tariffs and duties that threaten the important work Airbus is doing in Mobile...
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