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ICYMI: Rep. Gonzalez fights for Northeast Ohio priorities in Congressional appropriations process

Washington, DC, April 17, 2019

In case you missed it, U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) has been fighting for Northeast Ohio priorities in the Congressional appropriations process, including funding to address the skills gap in the manufacturing industry, protect the Great Lakes and support the NASA Glenn Research Center.

“Northeast Ohio has incredible potential to become a destination for young families and small businesses. To accomplish that, we need to expand and bolster our economy, and I’m fighting for funding to do just that in the Congressional appropriations process, from supporting programs that will help lower our skills gap, to fighting for funding to protect the Great Lakes and the ecosystem and trade routes they support,” said Rep. Gonzalez.

With the implementation of new 21st century technologies, America’s manufacturing industry is experiencing a growing skills gap, with nearly 500,000 open jobs across the country. Northeast Ohio alone currently has a skills gap of around 14,000 jobs in advanced manufacturing. To combat this, Rep. Gonzalez authored a letter to congressional appropriators cosigned by 24 bipartisan members of Congress, requesting a minimum of $66 million of the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program funded by the National Science Foundation. The program supports two-year institutions of higher education focusing on the education of technicians for next generation technologies.

Rep. Gonzalez is also fighting for robust funding for NASA and its aeronautics research programs like those that support Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Research Center with two formal letters to Congressional appropriators, one authored by all four co-chairs of the NASA Caucus and the other signed by 39 bipartisan members of Congress requesting $790 million for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD). Civil aviation supports 10 million American jobs and contributes over 5 percent to the national GDP, and NASA’s ARMD program is an essential component in developing and advancing this economy in Ohio and across the country.

Additionally, Rep. Gonzalez sent a number of letters to appropriators advocating for the protection of the Great Lakes, including a letter requesting the full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, funding to support research to combat harmful algal blooms and support a healthy ecosystem, along with funding to prevent invasive species, such as Asian carp, from further invading the Great Lakes.

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