WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House passed Congressman Steven Palazzo’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2015. Congressman Palazzo (R-MS), Space Subcommittee Chairman, released the following statement:
“In a time of partisanship on Capitol Hill, both Republicans and Democrats came together to craft legislation that moves beyond congressional districts and parochial interests. I know many of our colleagues agree that American leadership in space is a matter of both national pride and national security. We are committed to once more launching American astronauts, on American rockets, from American soil.
“This bill provides clear and consistent guidance to NASA. It requires the agency to develop an exploration roadmap and provides a framework to build an executable plan for future exploration efforts. NASA must use this plan to find the most efficient and effective ways to build technologies and capabilities within constrained budgets.
“As the old saying goes, “if you want to go to the moon, you first have to go through Mississippi,” and more specifically, Stennis Space Center, where engine tests have been successfully facilitated since the 1960’s. The bill passed today continues to invest in Stennis and ensure its continued viability as a NASA testing center for many years to come. ”
The NASA Reauthorization bill sets priorities for the agency over the next several years. It authorizes ample funding for the Commercial Crew program to ensure safe and on time development of domestic access to the International Space Station. Both the Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule are reaffirmed in this bill, consistent with the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. There are also oversight provisions to ensure transparency during the development of these systems.
Palazzo is a Marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War and currently serves as a noncommissioned officer in the Mississippi National Guard. The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States awarded Palazzo with the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Eagle Award for his work on the House Armed Services Committee. He is also a member of the Homeland Security Committee, and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee where he serves as Chairman of the Space Subcommittee