Perlmutter Attends Inaugural National Space Council Meeting

Washington, D.C. – As a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and space enthusiast, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) today attended the inaugural National Space Council meeting under the Biden-Harris Administration. During the meeting, Vice President Harris announced the release of the United States Space Priorities Framework which will help guide the Council as it works to develop and implement national space policy and strategy. Priorities in the Framework include: 1) advancing and synchronizing our civil, commercial, and national security space activities, including exploration of space; 2) addressing the climate crisis; 3) and enhancing STEM education. Vice President Harris also directed the Council to further develop the rules for responsible behavior in space, including the availability and accessibility of space climate data and increase interagency cooperation on STEM initiatives to support job creation and maintain the innovative and competitive edge of the United States.

“This is an important time for aerospace as we work to maintain U.S. leadership in science, human exploration, addressing climate, and improving STEM education. I applaud Vice President Harris and the Biden-Harris Administration for their focus on leveraging the expertise of agencies across the government to improve the coordination and operations of our nation’s space enterprise. Civil, commercial, and national security space is vital to Colorado’s economy and I look forward to working with the National Space Council on the country’s growing reliance on aerospace across everyday life,” said Perlmutter. 

As a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Perlmutter continues to be a strong advocate for Colorado’s aerospace industry and STEM education. Specific Perlmutter priorities include getting U.S. astronauts to Mars in the 2030’s; ensuring adequate funding for NASA’s exploration and operations programs; supporting Colorado’s national laboratories and research universities, including those working to improve weather forecasting and build our next generation weather satellites; and improving our understanding and prediction of space weather.

The National Space Council was resurrected under the Trump-Pence Administration and the Biden-Harris Administration has continued the space policy council under a new direction including sustainable development of commercial spaceflight and addressing climate change. The National Space Council is responsible for ensuring the United States capitalizes on the rich opportunities presented by our nation’s space activities. Under the leadership of its chair, Vice President Kamala Harris, the Council advises and assists the President on the development and implementation of space policy and strategy. In addition to its Chair, the Council is composed of Cabinet-level Secretaries and other senior executive branch officials.

To coincide with the meeting, President Biden signed a new Executive Order on Wednesday, December 1st which adds five new members and further expands the responsibilities of the Council. 

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