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Congressman Mo Brooks Announces 117th Congress Science, Space, and Technology Assignment

February 26, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced his reappointment to the highly influential House Science, Space, and Technology Committee (SST) in the 117th Congress. At the subcommittee level, Brooks has been reappointed to the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee.

Congressman Brooks has served on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee for 10 years— since taking office in 2011. In the 117th Congress, he maintains his spot as the #2 most senior Republican on the committee behind Ranking Member Frank Lucas (OK-03).

Science, Space, and Technology has jurisdiction over NASA programs; energy research, development, and demonstration; astronautical research and development; civil aviation research and development; environmental research and development; marine research; commercial application of energy technology; National Institute of Standards and Technology; National Science Foundation; National Weather Service; outer space exploration and control; science scholarships; and scientific research, development, and demonstration.

The Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics has jurisdiction over all matters relating to astronautical and aeronautical research and development; national space policy, including access to space; sub-orbital access and applications; NASA and its contractor and government operated labs; space commercialization, including commercial space activities relating to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce; exploration and use of outer space; International space cooperation; The National Space Council; space applications, space communications and related matters; earth remote sensing policy; civil aviation research, development, and demonstration; research, development, and demonstration programs of the Federal Aviation Administration; space law; and relevant oversight.

Congressman Brooks said, “I’m pleased to continue serving as the #2 most senior Republican on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. I’ll use my seniority on the committee to maintain America’s preeminence in space exploration and advance the interests of Marshall Space Flight Center and all the talented professionals who make up the Marshall workforce. More specifically, I aim to support NASA’s Space Launch System and Artemis Mission to Mars that promise to propel America’s space program to new heights.”

Brooks concluded, “According to NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center generates $4.5 billion in economic impact and is directly or indirectly responsible for more than 28,000 Tennessee Valley jobs that contribute roughly $110 million in state and local taxes.[1] Some of the most committed engineers, scientists, and technology professionals in the nation reside in the Tennessee Valley and play an essential role in advancing space exploration and discovery. I am proud to again serve on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee where I can use my seniority to support their outstanding work.”

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[1] National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Marshall Space Flight Center: Economic Impact Report. https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/economic_impact_final_mobile.pdf

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