SPACE Act Passes Congress With Little Help From Illinois

May 22, 2015

By Jim Plaxco

The SPACE (Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship) Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 21. CSSS congratulates the House of Representatives for passing this pro-space legislation. The SPACE Act, aka H.R. 2262, aka Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship passed by a vote of 284 - 133. 236 Republicans voted in favor of the legislation and 3 against while 48 Democrats voted in favor and 130 against.

Rolled into this legislation were three other pro-space bills:

  • H.R. 1508 on asteroid mining rights to materials,
  • H.R. 2261 covering commercial remote sensing, and
  • H.R. 2263 addressing the Office of Space Commercialization.

Chicago Society for Space Studies urges citizens of Illinois to contact their representative regarding this vote. If your representative voted yes on this legislation, please contact them and voice your approval. If your reprsentative voted no, please contact them and voice your disapproval of their vote.

The following table lists how Illinois representatives voted on the SPACE Act.

Voting Yes (A Pro-Space Vote)
3rd DLipinski, Daniel
6th RRoskam, Peter
10th RDold, Bob
12th RBost, Mike
13th RDavis, Rodney
14th RHultgren, Randy
15th RShimkus, John
16th RKinzinger, Adam
Voting No (Not A Pro-Space Vote)
1st DRush, Bobby
2nd DKelly, Robin
4th DGutiƩrrez, Luis
5th DQuigley, Mike
8th DDuckworth, Tammy
9th DSchakowsky, Jan
11thDFoster, Bill
Not Voting
7th D Davis, Danny

Supporting passage of this legislation were the companies Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Mojave Air & Space Port, and SpaceX. Also supporting passage were the space organizations National Space Society and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation which represents more than 50 commercial space companies across the United States.

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