Aging Carrier, New Attack Plane Spur Outpouring of Congress Love
President Donald Trump‘s call for the establishment the Space Force as a sixth branch of the military is prompting a lobbying campaign by at least three congressional delegations and their governors to the new U.S. Space Command in their states. Colorado, Louisiana and Florida are competing for the distinction.
Another HASC member, Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), wrote to Trump earlier this month to request that his home state is selected as the headquarters. Meanwhile, Colorado’s new governor and former Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) wrote to acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to underscore that his state already has existing space missions and thousands of aerospace jobs. The letter was co-signed by the bipartisan Colorado delegation.
The Pentagon requested $74 million in fiscal 2020 for Space Command. Still, a decision on the location is months away and the process can’t begin until the command is established, according to Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, a spokesman for Shanahan.
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