You might have heard that America is planning to send American astronauts back to the moon's surface by 2024 on the Artemis 1 mission. With an ambitious plan such as that, NASA began looking at ways to expedite their work to ensure they could still accomplish their goals.
When these discussions began, the engine rocket testing performed at Stennis was potentially going to be bypassed. Having seen the work performed at Stennis and formerly serving as the Chairman of the subcommittee on space, I know how important the rocket engine stage of testing is before the final blast off.
As concerns grew I decided to meet with NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, and send him a letter stressing how critical the work being done at Stennis Space Center is to the execution of their mission.
After many discussions, the administrator announced this week that the agency will continue its practice of testing their rocket engines at Stennis. For nearly six decades, rocket engine testing has remained in the capable hands of the men and women at Stennis Space Center. As NASA's largest rocket engine testing facility, it is imperative that Stennis Space Center continue supporting NASA's mission to launch Americans back into space. I am always proud and overly-impressed with the work being done in Hancock County and know that reliable and safe engines will continue being tested at Stennis for years to come.
I was elated to hear this announcement and know that our future moon astronauts are going to travel to outer space safely. We know that to get to the moon, you'll have to go through Mississippi.
Bonnet Carré Spillway Update As you know, the Bonnet Carre Spillway has wreaked havoc on our Mississippi Sound. I am glad to report the Army Corps of Engineers has begun closing the spillway after reporting the Mississippi River has reached normal levels again.
Mississippi is experiencing the devastating impacts from the spillway, and so are our neighbors in Louisiana and Alabama. Which is why I teamed up with the Republican Whip Steve Scalise and several other Gulf Coast colleagues from Louisiana and Alabama in asking the secretary of commerce to expedite the federal fisheries disaster assistance requests from our Governors.
The livelihoods of many in our coastal communities are dependent on a healthy marine environment, and disruptions to these ecosystems have heavy impacts on both the commercial and recreational fishing industries including the supply chains they support.
The Week in Pictures
Congressman Palazzo meets the Ternyak family from Pascagoula for a tour of the US Capitol
Congressman Palazzo meets the Gibson family for their tour of the US Capitol
Congressman Palazzo with Brody and Pope who were in town with Boys Nation
Glad to have my sons Ben and Bear with me this week in Washington
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