Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued a statement June 28 criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama’s space policy, which was released earlier in the day.

The policy itself is broad, covering all aspects of space activity, but Hatch took the opportunity to renew his attack on Obama’s plan to dismantle NASA’s Constellation program, which would affect a large number of Utah-based ATK jobs. 

“In fact, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has taken extraordinary steps to terminate Project Constellation without Congressional approval, and contrary to the law. I urge the President to rethink this flawed policy, because while this might be a new direction for manned space flight, it’s a direction we don’t want to take.”