Rep. Gene Green Announces Local Funding
July 28, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) announced the inclusion of funding for Houston-area projects in the House Subcommittee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Defense FY 2011 Defense Appropriations recommendations. The subcommittee included two of Rep. Green’s requests and after moving through full committee, the appropriations bill will be voted on by the full House of Representatives.
“These programs will go a long way in not only in providing economic support for our area, but in promoting engineering careers and advancing our national clean energy projects,” said Rep. Green.
The defense subcommittee recommended $1 million for HoustonWorks USA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative. The program supports a national agenda to promote STEM careers by focusing on at-risk or hard to serve youth. Rep. Green requested these funds jointly with Reps. Al Green (TX-09) and Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18). Also included is $2 million for the University of Houston Program for Space and Defense Nano-Photovoltaics. This program advances the nation’s clean energy capability by developing nano-structured thin film solar cells for highly efficient energy and utilization. The technology will be used by the Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and would double or triple the energy efficiency of present solar cells.
“These programs are of local and national significance and I would like to thank the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense for including them,” continued Rep. Green.