Few people in Congress are watched as closely as Rep. Jim Bridenstine. The Republican from Oklahoma, entering his third term in the House, has emerged as a key figure space policy, particularly through his introduction last year of the American Space Renaissance Act, a comprehensive space policy bill. He is also widely considered the leading candidate to be nominated by the Trump administration to be the next administrator of NASA.

Bridenstine spoke at a Washington Space Business Roundtable luncheon March 21, immediately after leaving the White House to attend the signing ceremony for a new NASA authorization act. In his speech, he covered some of the civil, commercial and national security space priorities he would like to address in a revised version of his American Space Renaissance Act, while addressing questions about plans to reestablish the National Space Council and when we might expect a new NASA administrator.


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