Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) announced the creation of the bipartisan NASA Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The caucus will bring attention to the role of NASA in U.S. national security and economic interests, educate policymakers on current NASA initiatives, as well as serve as a forum to discuss the scientific and technological challenges to American flight and space exploration endeavors.
As a member of the Science, Space & Technology Committee, Perlmutter has worked to secure a long-term plan from NASA to ensure it has the authority, funding and resources necessary to send humans to Mars by 2033.
“I believe Americans in our DNA are explorers and space exploration fuels American innovation and Americans' desire to explore the universe,” said Perlmutter. “I’m excited about the launch of this caucus because understanding current NASA initiatives and appreciating the value of space exploration is important for all members of Congress and for our country.”
The Caucus launched on the anniversary of the launch of the first NASA spacecraft, Pioneer I, in 1958. An official launch event to celebrate the establishment of the caucus will take place in December.
Perlmutter joins 27 colleagues and founding members of the caucus: Steve Knight (CA), Marcy Kaptur (OH), Brian Babin (TX), André Carson (IN), Kathy Castor (FL), Jim Costa (CA), Barbara Comstock (VA), Charlie Crist (FL), Debbie Dingell (MI), Anna Eshoo (CA), Al Hastings (FL), Bill Johnson (OH), David Joyce (OH), Ro Khanna (CA), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO), Zoe Lofgren (CA), Ralph Norman (SC), Pete Olson (TX), Steven Palazzo (MS), Bill Posey (FL), Jamie Raskin (MD), Dana Rohrabacher (CA), Linda T. Sánchez (CA), Scott Taylor (VA), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL), Randy Weber (TX), and Mo Brooks (AL).