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Palazzo relishes chance to be at forefront of aerospace in House

THE SUN HERALD

NASA's Stennis Space Center lights up during a hot-fire test of the RS-25 engine and new engine controller unit last year.
NASA's Stennis Space Center lights up during a hot-fire test of the RS-25 engine and new engine controller unit last year. NASA

Rep. Steven Palazzo on Wednesday was named co-chairman of the 50-plus-member House Aerospace Caucus.

“I’m honored to be selected for this opportunity to serve as the voice for the aerospace and defense industry in Congress," Palazzo said in a release announcing the appointment. "As the representative for South Mississippi, home of Stennis Space Center and Keesler Air Force Base, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside this industry in an effective partnership for many years. I understand the vital role this industry plays in our country’s economic stability, technological advancement and ability to compete globally, and most importantly our national security efforts.”

The leader of an aerospace trade group welcomed Palazzo's appointment.

“Aerospace Industries Association is delighted that Congressman Steven Palazzo has agreed to serve as one of the House Aerospace Caucus co-chairs,” said AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher. “He is an enthusiastic supporter of the aerospace and defense industry, and his service in the House on the Appropriations Committee and as part of the Majority Whip Team will be key to addressing the difficult issues facing our nation and our industry.”

The aerospace industry touches almost every state in the country and is a leading contributor to the world’s safety and security, global travel, beyond earth exploration, and domestic economy in the United States, Palazzo's office said in the release. The aerospace industry in the United States employs more than one million workers across all 50 states. It is also the nation’s largest net exporter and one of the biggest contributors to the annual U.S. GDP.

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