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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) managed debate on the SPACE Act (H.R. 2262), offering opening and closing remarks in favor of a bill that creates a foundation for continued American leadership in space exploration.

Opening remarks are below, or watch online here.

“America is a nation uniquely called to explore the final frontier. We are born adventurers with a spirit of freedom and curiosity unmatched in human history. And that spirit is aided by the wealth of intelligence so deep that we continue to lead the world in advancement of technology and science. 

“When the Wright brothers flew over the beaches of Kitty Hawk and Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, they were supported by the spirit of freedom and a structure of laws that urged them to realize their dreams and change the world at the same time.

“But the work of realizing our full potential is only just beginning. We are still paying Russia $70 million every time we send one of our astronauts to the space station. Our commercial pioneers can and want to fulfill this role, but they need our help. 

“The SPACE Act will help. This bill will unite law with innovation, allowing the next generation of pioneers to experiment, learn, and succeed without being constrained by premature regulatory action.

“It ensures that anyone or anything impacted by flights or flight experiments are protected. And it keeps us competitive by providing much needed flexibility in permitting and licensing, facilitating an environment that allows for swift and effective improvements in safety and reliability.  

“With this law, I have great hope for the future of space exploration. You know, whenever I visit the Mojave Air and Spaceport, where so many of our advancements are happening, I’m overwhelmed by the feeling that the future is now.

“Upon the firm foundation of the SPACE Act, I know they and others will lead us far and that our limits are only bounded by what we can imagine as we continue our journey to the stars.

“I reserve the balance of my time.”

Closing remarks are below, or watch online here.

“Mr. Speaker, today America stands at the beginning of a new era of innovation and adventure. Scientists, engineers, astronauts, and entrepreneurs are working in the deserts of California to embark on the next phase of our journey into space. And today, we have the opportunity to aid them in that journey.

“Completing consideration of the SPACE Act in this chamber today will help ensure America remains the leader in space exploration and innovation in the 21st century. And we are here today thanks to the hard work of Chairman Smith, his committee, and their staff, especially Chris Wydler and Tom Hammond. And I want to especially thank George Caram from my staff for his work as well. Because of their commitment, after months of negotiation following House passage of the original bill earlier this year, the SPACE Act passed out of the Senate unanimously.

“I look forward to passage of this bill on the House floor today with similarly strong bipartisan support, and I urge my colleagues to vote with me to move America into the future.

“I yield back.”