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Ranking Member Bill Nelson Opening Statement On Space Frontier Act

Press Release From: Sen. Bill Nelson
Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mr. Chairman, we have a full slate before us.

I’m proud to join with Senators Cruz and Markey in carrying on our tradition of bipartisan space legislation with the Space Frontier Act.

 The bill updates commercial launch and Earth observation regulations, extends the ISS through 2030 and expands opportunities for partnerships with NASA under the agency’s enhanced use lease authority.  

And for companies who are experimenting with exciting new commercial activities in space, the bill clarifies that they can continue to seek authorization through the Department of Transportation’s Payload Review Process while Congress ponders more expansive changes to agency authorities.

This is going to provide a nice boost for our growing space economy and the twenty-first century jobs that go along with it.

I am also pleased to join you, Chairman Thune, on the National Quantum Initiative Act. This bill will create a new focus on quantum research.

It is critical that the United States start growing our investments in quantum research if we are going to keep pace with China, the E.U. and others.

Winning the quantum race will benefit the U.S. economy and national security.

Finally, a quick note on Senator Wicker’s ports bill.  He and I have worked on this together and I want to thank him for his thoughtful approach. 

I appreciate the feedback from maritime labor industries on this bill and look forward to continuing to work on a bipartisan basis to seek improvements that will help safeguard maritime jobs. 

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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