April 22, 2019

Congressman Neguse Leads Colorado Delegation Letter To Call on Appropriators in Congress to Fund NASA Space Grant in FY2020

Washington D.C. — Congressman Joe Neguse has led a Colorado delegation-wide appropriations letter urging his colleagues to fund the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program in the FY 2020 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill.

“Space Grant consortia are effective catalysts in each state to help grow a high-tech workforce. With nearly 1,000 partner institutions, this program promotes aerospace and other NASA relevant STEM education activities, and helps sustain a pipeline of students for innovative, high-tech jobs,” reads the letter. The letter goes on to state the benefits for students and the high-tech industry, “NASA program data shows that, of all participating students graduating in a particular year, over 80% move on to either a STEM job in industry, NASA, academia, or they enroll in a STEM graduate program.

Congressman Neguse added, “Colorado has and continues to be a leader in both aerospace academia and industry, programs such as this continue to encourage our students to pursue professions in the ever expanding aerospace and high-tech industries.”

The program has garnered strong bipartisan support and has been signed by all seven Colorado representatives, and calls for a $6 million increase in funding, up from $44 million in FY2019.

To see a copy of the letter, contact Sally.Tucker@mail.house.gov.