• President Trump Can Save The International Space Station

    President Donald Trump has stated his commitment to international space travel and can inspire the nation with a new push into space.  One thing he needs to do is to reel in his own Office of Management and Budget, because they have scheduled a unilateral pull out of the International Space Station (ISS) in 2025.  Bureaucrats have made a bad decision and President Trump can save America’s leadership in space by re-committing to the American investment in the ISS.

    The president promised the American people in his first address a commitment to America’s leadership in space. President Trump said inaugural address on January 20, 2017,

    “we stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.”

    The primary way to do so is with the great work being done today in the International Space Station.

    The effort by unelected bureaucrats to defund the ISS in 2025 would end America’s involvement in important scientific study. As of January of his year, the ISS had hosted 230 individuals from 18 different nations and holds between 3 to 6 people for extended periods of scientific research. According to the ISS website,

    “Astronauts spend most of their time on the ISS performing experiments and maintenance, and at least two hours of every day are allocated to exercise and personal care. They also occasionally perform spacewalks, conduct media/school events for outreach, and post updates to social media, as Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, an ISS commander, did in 2013.”

    This endeavor seems to be worthy of a further commitment and President Trump has the commitment to space travel to allow private companies to conduct their own experimentation while committing the federal government to continue funding for the ISS past 2025.

    Congress will ultimately make any funding decisions and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has stepped up to the plate to champion the idea of a continued American commitment to the space station. According to The Hill, Sen. Cruz has slammed the idea to end funding for the space station.  Cruz was quoted in The Hill as saying

    “Prematurely canceling a program for political reasons costs jobs and wastes billions of dollars. We cannot afford to continue to pursue policies that have consequences of creating gaps in capability, that send $3 1/2 billion in taxpayer money to the Russian government, or that create a leadership vacuum in low-earth orbit that provides a window of opportunity for the Chinese to capitalize on it.”

    Senator Cruz recognizes that vacating the space station would give away control to China and Russia.

    The idea of ending funding in seven years for the space station is unwise and not supported by elected members of Congress. Congress, with the strong leadership of President Trump, can change course on this plan by recommitting to the International Space Station.  The idea that the federal government would isolate the U.S. from the great experimentation and work of the ISS seems to run contrary to an America First policy towards space travel.  The idea of ending funding would slow scientific research and forward an irrational policy that would set back the Trump vision of unlocking the mysteries of space.

    Thankfully, Senator Ted Cruz is leading Congress towards a long-term commitment to the International Space Station that will end up benefitting American citizens with research and the vision of longer term space travel to other planets.  The American people should be confident that bureaucrats will not win the day and the Trump Administration will continue a long term commitment to space exploration and research.

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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