Florida Reps. Posey & Crist Reintroduce Bill to Extend Tax Breaks for Launch Providers

Bill Posey

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2021 (Bill Posey/Charlie Crist PR) – U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-Florida) and Charlie Crist (D-Florida) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to create American jobs, advance technology and keep America first in space. The American Space Commerce Act (H.R. 1369) supports American leadership in space by providing an incentive for American space firms to keep investing in America and launching from American soil.

The 2019 Report to Congress of the U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission states that “China is taking steps to establish a commanding position in the commercial launch and satellite sectors relying in part on aggressive state-backed financing that foreign market driven companies cannot match.” The report further adds, “China has already succeeded in undercutting some U.S. and other foreign launch and satellite providers in the international market, threatening to hollow out these countries’ space industrial bases.”

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Bipartisan House Space Caucus Formed

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Doug Lamborn PR) – Today, Representatives Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Kendra Horn (OK-05), Brian Babin (TX-36), Jason Crow (CO-06), Michael Waltz (FL-06), and Charlie Crist (FL-13) announced the creation of the House Space Force Caucus.

The co-chairs of the caucus also invited their House colleagues to join and support the sixth branch of the U.S. military. The Caucus  will serve as an organization dedicated to educating Members and their staff about the U.S. Space Force as well as advocating on the Hill on behalf of our nation’s youngest military Service.

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Reps. Posey, Crist Introduce American Space Commerce Act

Bill Posey

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2020 (Bill Posey/Charlie Crist PR) — As we pass the 59th Anniversary of the first American human space flight launch that saw Alan Shepard pilot the famous Freedom 7 capsule as part of the Mercury program, U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-Florida) and Charlie Crist (D-Florida) introduced bipartisan legislation to build on that important legacy and keep America first in space.

The American Space Commerce Act (H.R. 6783) supports American leadership in space by providing an incentive for American space firms to keep investing in America and launching from American soil.

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Crist Looks to Boost Florida Aerospace Funding

Florida Gov. Charlie CristCrist backs $100m investment fund for aerospace

Crist backs $100m investment fund for aerospace
Orlando Sentinel

Gov. Charlie Crist told a day-long space symposium today that he’s supporting the Space Transition and Revitalization Act, a bill that would earmark as much as $25 million a year for each of the next five years to provide assistance for new or expanding aerospace businesses.

The bill, sponsored by Brevard Republican Rep. Steve Crisafulli and Sen. Thad Altman, would use money from the governor’s discretionary business-development fund, redirect sales-tax revenues collected at the Kennedy Space Center visitor’s center and tap other funding sources to provide an “investment pool” to Space Florida, the state’s public-private areospace business-development agency.

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Florida Space Summit: Officials Told to Get With the Program or Become a Backwater

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

At Charlie Crist’s space summit, Florida space backers told to get with Obama’s program, let go of the past
Orlando Sentinel

A statewide space symposium convened by Gov. Charlie Crist in Orlando on Thursday heard repeatedly from industry executives, academics and experts that Florida had to adapt to a new U.S. national space policy that favored commercial rocket companies or give up its ambitions to be a world-class launch center.

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Florida Gov. Crist Slams Obama’s NASA Budget Plan

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

PRESS RELEASE
February 17, 2010

The Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate campaign today released the following statement from Gov. Crist in light of today’s announcement that President Obama will be making phone calls to NASA astronauts working on the International Space Station:

“When it comes to NASA and our nation’s space exploration programs, President Obama needs to provide more than just a photo-op to ensure that America remains a leader in space innovation.

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Meanwhile, Down in the Sunshine State….

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

A few developments from Florida:

  • Gov. Charlie Crist is holding a “space summit” in Orlando on Thursday with more than 200 industry, political and community leaders to develop a joint approach to NASA’s proposed change of course. Florida Today has more….
  • Sen. Bill Nelson – who at first was critical of the change – seems to be warming to it a bit. He will chair a meeting of the Senate space and science subcommittee next week in which he will explore what can be saved from the Constellation program if it is indeed canceled. Nelson seems particularly interested in having a firm plan for a heavy-lift vehicle for flights to the moon and Mars. Read more here
  • Representatives Bill Posey and Suzanne Kosmas are among 27 House members who signed a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden calling on him not to cancel any part of the Constellation program without Congressional approval. The bipartisan group also included representatives from Alabama, California, Louisiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Virginia.











Obama’s NASA Plan: Concerns in Florida

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

President Obama’s new direction for NASA met with some mixed reactions from Florida officials, who are uncertain how the state — reeling from the impending end of the shuttle era – can best take advantage of the plan’s focus on commercial space.

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Gov. Crist Proposes $32.6 Million in Additional Space Spending

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

GOVERNOR CRIST PRESS RELEASE

Governor Charlie Crist today addressed the board of directors of Enterprise Florida Inc. during the group’s annual meeting in Tallahassee to announce his $307.5-million economic-incentive budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2010-11. The Governor, who chairs the board, highlighted his commitment to growing the state’s innovation economy, ensuring a competitive business climate, building a world-class workforce, and establishing Florida as a pre-eminent global trade hub.

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Gov. Crist Meets With Aerospace Officials Over Jobs

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

SPACE FLORIDA PRESS RELEASE
January 7, 2009

As part of his ongoing focus on growing Florida’s economy through job retention and creation, workforce training, and economic development, Governor Charlie Crist today hosted a roundtable discussion with space industry leaders. The discussion was held at the Canaveral Port Authority in Brevard County and featured representatives from the aerospace industry, as well as economic and workforce development leaders.
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Gov. Crist Visits Space Coast, Promises Help on Jobs

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

Crist short on details on help for Brevard during visit to Space Coast
Orlando Sentinel


With the Space Coast facing the loss of as many as 19,000 jobs when the space shuttle is retired later this year, Gov. Charlie Crist came to town to check out what the state might be able to do to soften the blow.

But anybody hoping that Crist was going to throw a lifeline to a deeply anxious region was left disappointed. Crist was long on platitudes and short on specific promises.

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Florida Gov. Crist Pushes to Maintain Florida’s Role in Space Exploration

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

SPACE FLORIDA PRESS RELEASE

Governor Charlie Crist today highlighted the importance of aerospace to Florida’s economy and the national space program. His comments came during a discussion with reporters in Orlando at the 2009 Farm to Fuel Summit.

“The importance of extending the life of the Space Shuttle program cannot be overestimated,” said Governor Crist. “What I’d like to see is less of a gap between the shuttle program and the Constellation program. In fact, the best situation would be to have an overlap of the two.”

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Opinion: Crist Must Fix Space Florida Fast

Space Florida

Our views: Fixing the damage
Florida Today

Gov. Charlie Crist should act at once to reorganize the agency, naming a space industry expert to the leadership post. He should also consider other reforms and is under growing pressure to do it, with Nelson saying Friday, “It’s time to clean house at Space Florida and move ahead with an aggressive schedule for a commercial space industry in Florida.”

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