||Tuesday I joined President Trump at the White House as he signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017.
As former Chairman of the House Space Subcommittee, I worked tirelessly with my colleagues on this NASA Re-authorization Bill. After five years of continuous effort, this week President Donald J. Trump signed that bill into law.
Our bill provides clear guidance for NASA and a pathway to meeting America’s space exploration goals. It also maintains vital support for the Space Launch System and Orion crew vehicle, the International Space Station, and the commercial crew and cargo programs. Much of the engine testing for the SLS program is done at Stennis Space Center.
I look forward to working with the new administration to implement these policies and to restore American leadership in space. I’m confident that under the Trump Administration, we will once again launch American astronauts, on American rockets, from American soil.
Shrimp Sunset Review
Shrimping has a long and rich history in Mississippi. Today, the seafood industry continues to be a cornerstone of the local economies in our Gulf communities, directly supporting 4,700 jobs and providing more than 79 million dollars in annual income in our state.
That is why last week I testified at the U.S. International Trade Commission during its review of the effects of anti-dumping duty orders on the shrimp industry to express my support for the continued imposition of antidumping duty orders against unfairly traded frozen warm water shrimp imported from Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. I believe that the continuation of these orders is vital to the future stability of the domestic shrimp industry, including the 4th Congressional District of Mississippi.
Since the orders went into effect in 2005, however, conditions have improved. The volume of imported shrimp in the market has remained below peak levels and domestic prices have stabilized. Shrimpers are putting their boats back in the water, and landings at Mississippi ports have increased 67 percent since 2010.
I believe in free trade but it must also be fair trade, based on market economics. If the antidumping orders can remain in place in this particular case, that will help ensure the continued survival of the Gulf shrimp industry, an important economic and cultural institution in Mississippi, as well as our neighboring states of Louisiana and Alabama.
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In your service,
Steven M. Palazzo