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House Leaders Waive Term Limits, Give Rep. Rohrabacher Two More Years to Wield Gavel at Space Subcommittee

Feb 12, 2003

Washington, Feb 12, 2003 - For Immediate Release
Contact: the Press Office of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher 202-225-2415

(Washington, D.C.) The House Republican Steering Committee granted Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46) another two-year term as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. Because Rohrabacher had reached the House-imposed six year limit on chairmanships, he needed a special waiver from House leadership to continue as the subcommittee’s chairman. “This extension gives me the opportunity to bring to fruition many of my priorities for the national space program,” Rohrabacher said. “My goal is to be a prime mover in creating a new strategy for the space program. The Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee will be very active in making these decisions this Congress.”

In his capacity as chairman, Rohrabacher plans, among other things, to break new ground in developing propulsion technology for both aircraft and spacecraft; open the way for harnessing solar space power; and work for tax breaks that would hasten the commercialization of space. The modernization of NASA’s space transportation--with the Orbital Space Plane as its centerpiece--will also be a significant part of the subcommittee’s focus. Chairman Rohrabacher, along with the rest of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, stands ready to work with NASA administrator O’Keefe in refining that enterprise.

Rohrabacher will also lead the subcommittee in its investigation of the causes of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. “I am deeply humbled and honored that the House leadership has entrusted me with this solemn responsibility.”