August 31st, 2016
Immediate Release: August 31, 2016
Caforio Tours NASA Research Center, Condemns Rep. Knight’s Proposal to Cut Funding
Vows to Fight for Aerospace Manufacturing and Investment in CA-25
Palmdale, Calif. – Today, Bryan Caforio, congressional candidate for California’s 25th District toured the Armstrong Flight Research Center and condemned reports of Rep. Steve Knight’s proposal to cut NASA funding. While standing in solidarity with aerospace workers, Caforio defended investment in the programs that not only make the United States a leader in science and technology, but create vital jobs and support the local economy. The Armstrong Flight Research Center alone provides almost 600 jobs.
“There’s a reason the Antelope Valley is called ‘Aerospace Valley.’ For seven decades it has played a critical role in America’s space exploration and aeronautics research programs. From the X-15 experimental rocket ship program to the Space Shuttle Program, the Antelope Valley has been at the forefront of these critical programs,” said Caforio. “Continuing robust investment in space exploration and aeronautics research not only makes economic sense and opens the door to potential discoveries we can use to improve the world, it serves to inspire a generation of Americans as we learn more about the universe we live in. In Congress, I will not only support NASA’s mission ‘to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research,’ but I will work to ensure that the Antelope Valley maintains its leading role as an aerospace manufacturing center.”
“We support Bryan Caforio for Congress because we can trust him to fight for jobs and protect workers’ rights in the industries that keep the 25th District strong,” said Homer Marshall, President of United Aerospace Workers Local 887. “If Congressman Steve Knight thinks cutting NASA will solve our nation’s fiscal problems, he’s dead wrong. We need investment in these industries to keep our local and national economy growing.”
Bryan was born and raised in Southern California by two public school teachers, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks. Bryan lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
The 25th District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County including the Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley. President Obama won the district in 2008, and experts consider this race a toss-up. Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration, and the district is now majority-minority. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.