Leadership in Space
This week I introduced H.R. 6391, the U.S. Leadership in Space Act of 2021.
“We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. It is important that Congress does the job it was intended to do: authorize, and then subsequently fund, critical government programs. Especially those that strengthen national security and scientific discovery.
Space is an important domain for several reasons. As any military leader will tell you, whoever occupies the high ground has the strategic advantage. Continued inaction by Congress to adequately address the growing threats posed by an expanding uncontrolled debris field in earth’s orbit; the irresponsible and reckless anti-satellite missile tests by Russia that recently endangered the lives of astronauts (and cosmonauts) aboard the International Space Station (ISS); and the years of intellectual property theft, critical supply chain control, and other nefarious practices by China, require that Congress and this Administration come together to pass meaningful legislation that will ensure continued American preeminence in space.
This legislation is not a replacement for a full NASA authorization bill, because that critical task is the duty of the entire Science Committee here in the House. This bill jumpstarts that long-overdue conversation and calls on the National Space Council to report on foreign threats to the U.S. Commercial Space sector, and recommend actions the Congress can take to protect and promote its success.
Additionally, this legislation would establish Johnson Space Center (JSC) as the Artemis program management office. Since its creation in 1961, JSC remains NASA’s lead center for human spaceflight, serving as the global hub for managing and integrating complex activities associated with keeping astronauts alive and working in space. JSC not only led this charge to the Moon during the Apollo missions, but also subsequently served as the location for the Space Shuttle, ISS, Constellation, Orion, and Gateway programs.
Important to U.S. leadership in a future commercial low-earth orbit (LEO) market, and in preparation for the nation’s deep space exploration activities and scientific endeavors, my bill extends ISS operations to 2030 and ensures that no gap exists in U.S. access to LEO, while also allowing for a seamless transition from government-owned and operated platforms to a commercial successor. Further, my bill instructs NASA to pursue two or more spacesuit design-and-development agreements with industry, understanding that competition is the driver of innovation and lower costs over time.
Eventually, when the Space Station is safely retired at the end of its operational life, the first-ever privately funded commercial station will have operated for years alongside the ISS, expanding capabilities for scientific discovery and commercial activities for the U.S. and our allies, while allowing NASA to focus its attention and resources toward the Moon, Mars, and beyond. I am proud to introduce this critical bill once again, and I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will agree to act now to secure our collective future in space.
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) supports the extension of the International Space Station (ISS) operations to 2030 included in Congressman Weber’s bill, the U.S. Leadership in Space Act of 2021 (H.R. 6391). ISS is important for scientific discovery and will continue to be crucial to commercial development in low-Earth orbit. BAHEP also supports designating Johnson Space Center (JSC) as the Artemis program management office for the coming manned missions to the moon and beyond. JSC has a long history and unique skillset when it comes to all components of human spaceflight and mission ops,” said Bob Mitchell, President of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.
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Parents are NOT Domestic Terrorists
President Biden’s Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, LIED to the American people when he denied requesting a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) that compared concerned parents to "domestic terrorists" in September during an interview with “CBS Mornings,” on Wednesday.
“We didn't ask for that letter. We didn't…No. Specifically with that letter, we had no -- we didn't request that, there was no involvement in that,” Cardona told “CBS Mornings.”
This is a flat-out LIE.
On Tuesday, Fox News reported Secretary Cardona in fact “solicited the much-criticized letter from the NSBA that compared protesting parents to domestic terrorists, according to an email exchange reviewed by Fox News."
Previous emails already revealed that the NSBA coordinated with Biden's White House and the Department of Justice for weeks about their letter's content before publicly sending it.
Yesterday’s report and Secretary Cardona’s bold lie this morning is why he must immediately testify before Congress about the letter he solicited that labeled parents as "domestic terrorists."
THE DEMOCRATS ATTACK ON CONCERNED PARENTS FAILED:
This is why I joined 40 of my colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden demanding the termination of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. Parents ARE the primary stakeholders in their child's education, not the radical Democrats, federal government, or failed teachers unions. Secretary Cardona’s lie this morning shows the Biden Administration is not prepared to answer to concerned parents on why the Biden Administration thinks they are "domestic terrorists."
Inflation, Energy and the Supply Chain Crisis
This year started with the worst jobs report of Joe Biden’s presidency and Americans paying more for just about everything while making less because of skyrocketing inflation.
In short, America is facing an economic crisis fueled by President Biden and House Democrats’ Far-Left Socialist agenda and out-of-control government spending.
Given the state of our economy, it’s not surprising that a recent survey by the Associated Press found that 68% of respondents said the economy was “a top 2022 concern,” making it the top overall concern in the survey.
BIDEN’S ECONOMIC CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:
Since taking office, President Biden has repeatedly enacted an anti-energy agenda that has caused U.S. energy prices to skyrocket while threatening American national security.
This week, the Biden White House sent top officials to lobby Senate Democrats against Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) legislation, which would sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin's Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Let that sink in: The President of the United States is now lobbying on behalf of Russian interests.
BIDEN'S ENERGY CRISIS:
Now grocery shoppers across the country are encountering barren shelves and struggling to feed their families. This is what you get when you combine reckless fiscal policy, a war on energy, and suppression of the workforce - a supply chain crisis, exorbitant inflation, and food shortages.
⬇⬇⬇ Welcome to far-left utopia. ⬇⬇⬇
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is planning on using a legislative gimmick in order to bring forward the Democrats' "voting rights" legislation in the coming days.
According to Politico:
"The House will imminently pass a bill containing both sweeping federal elections reform and beefed up Voting Right Act provisions. Because the bill will be sent to the Senate as a "message" from the House, it will not be subject to an initial filibuster by the GOP and will be debated on the floor. Instead, the Senate will confront its raging debate over the filibuster when Majority Leader Schumer moves to shut down debate."
Make no mistake about it:
The Democrats' "voting rights" legislation is nothing more than an attempt to nationalize elections to maintain power. If enacted, it will destroy our institutions and enable Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take over all elections throughout the country.
Democrats' crying foul at the use of the filibuster is the height of hypocrisy as Schumer himself has voted OVER 500 times to sustain a filibuster during his 23 years in the Senate. In 2020, Democrats used the filibuster 327 times alone.
HERE ARE THE FACTS:
Congressman Randy Weber
Congressman Randy Weber knows we’ve come a long way since Harvey, but he knows there’s much more to do in making our communities STRONGER. He’s determined to work the long days on the ground and in Washington, D.C. to STAND UP for our people, our principles, and our future.