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Brown And Portman Secure Wright-Patterson Support In Defense Bill

President Trump has signed into law a bill that will support jobs and research functions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. The “National Defense Authorization Act” signed by the president contained several bipartisan amendments introduced by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman.

“The men and women at Wright-Patt’s Air Force Research Lab provide needed research to our military and the Department of Defense,” Brown said in a statement on Tuesday. “This law will make sure these highly-skilled workers can continue to do their jobs and help meet our national security needs.”

Portman also released a statement in support of the law, saying he will continue to work with Brown on legislative efforts that support Wright-Patt’s "workforce missions."

Amendments made by the Senators include higher payouts to researchers who develop innovations and technology, support and fund minor construction projects, and reinforce Wright-Patt’s role in developing unmanned aerial systems.

The Senators also passed an amendment that would stop the Pentagon from moving current project responsibilities out of Wright-Patt’s Air Force Research Lab without a formal assessment of the program and Congressional review.

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