WASHINGTON — A commercial space bill that fell just short of passage last year will be reintroduced this year to serve as the starting point for further discussions, a key senator said Jan. 15.
Speaking at a Space Transportation Association Event here, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he hoped to win passage of a new version of the Space Frontier Act, as well as a NASA authorization bill, in the next two years with bipartisan support despite the “intense partisan discord” currently in Congress.
Cruz introduced last July the Space Frontier Act, which included a number of commercial space regulatory reform measures as well as extending NASA’s authorization to operate the International Space Station from 2024 to 2030. The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent Dec. 20.
However, the bill failed to clear the House the next day when it could not get the two-thirds majority needed for passage under suspension of the rules, the mechanism in the House for expedited passage of legislation. A large number of Democratic members there voted against the bill after Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who now chairs the House Transportation Committee, raised objections to the bill.
Cruz said he’ll try again with the ...