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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to play bigger space role under new chairman

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to play bigger space role under new chairman

Politico.com
By JACQUELINE KLIMAS
03/18/2019 06:35 AM EDT

Until now, much of the civilian space debate in the House occurred in the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

But Rep. Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wants to change all that.

The Oregon Democrat, whose committee oversees the Federal Aviation Administration, said he hopes to delve into a number of space topics on the panel, including how airplanes and space rockets share national airspace.

“I’m not going to inconvenience hundreds of thousands of people so some rich person who can pay $250,000 to be weightless for six minutes can have a fun day. They can go at 3 o’clock in the morning from a remote area,” said DeFazio, who previously served as the committee’s ranking member... FULL ARTICLE

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