AIA Urges Congress, President to De-Couple Sequestration from Fiscal Cliff

Dec. 21, 2012

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Statement by Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association that the political gamesmanship surrounding sequestration must end

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) today is calling on our leaders to immediately de-couple sequestration from the broader fiscal cliff negotiations.  Risking American lives and livelihoods for political leverage is wrong.  In the final hours before the sequester is implemented, there is one step that must be taken while the…

AIA Urges Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

Dec. 19, 2012

AIA congratulates conferees on the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (H. R. 4310) for completing their work and producing a final conference agreement that supports our warfighters and helps sustain our defense industrial base in a time of uncertainty.  We urge the House and Senate to pass the agreement and President Obama to sign it into law.  The bill resolves several issues in conference in ways that continue to uphold the capabilities of the U. S. aerospace and defense industry, including:

  • Substantial changes to depot provisions enacted last year, which would have presented…

AIA Welcomes Long-Awaited Congressional Action on Satellite Export Control Reform

Dec. 19, 2012

The Aerospace Industries Association applauds Congress for moving to end the draconian over-regulation of commercial satellite exports.  The fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act would return authority to the president to determine appropriate export control requirements for commercial satellites and related technologies after years of mandating the imposition of inflexible, military-level controls.

“Even if you don’t factor in the threat of sequestration, our space industrial base faces an immediate 22 percent reduction in the national security space budget next year,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.  “Ending this self-imposed burden on U.S. competitiveness…

December 2012 eUpdate

Dec. 18, 2012

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AIA Mourns Senator Daniel Inouye

Dec. 18, 2012

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Statement by Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, on the death of Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)

Arlington, Va. – Today we mourn the loss of Senator Daniel Inouye, a great patriot and an unfailing advocate for the people of Hawaii and the United States.

The senior-most member of the Senate, and second-longest serving Senator in American history, Inouye continuously represented Hawaii in Congress since it achieved statehood in 1959. …