Archive: Congress

SpaceX's Dragon space capsule awaits its launch as part of an uncrewed pad abort test. Photo: SpaceX.

SpaceX Delays Crew Dragon’s First Flight To August

SpaceX has delayed the first two flights of its new Crew Dragon spacecraft by several months because the company’s development work needs more time, a NASA official said Jan. 17. Crew Dragon, which SpaceX is developing to transport astronauts to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, will now have its first unmanned […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

Lawmakers Plan To Keep Close Eye On DoD Space Overhaul

The House Armed Services Committee intends to closely monitor how the Department of Defense implements the space management overhaul recently mandated by Congress, the panel’s chairman said Jan. 16. The committee wants to ensure that the reorganization gives space the increased attention it needs and assigns more accountability to space decision-makers, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) […]

Kirstjen Nielsen being sworn  in as the new DHS Secretary on Dec. 6. Photo: DHS.

Trump Administration Working New Proposals To Counter Domestic UAS Threats

The Trump administration is developing a second set of proposed legislative authorities to allow relevant federal departments and agencies the ability to counter unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in domestic airspace, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday. Last year the government proposed legislation to Congress to provide federal authorities to counter UAS threats, Nielsen […]


New Immigration Bill Appears To Balance Physical Barriers, Technology Deployments

An immigration bill introduced late Wednesday afternoon by four House Republicans includes attempts to balance deployments of physical barriers and technology for border security purposes, including technologies at and between ports of entry. The Securing America’s Future Act (H.R.  4760) shows that at least some key Republicans in Congress don’t believe a wall along southern […]


House Passes Bill To Reauthorize NSA’s 702 Warrantless Surveillance Program

The House passed a bill Thursday reauthorizing a controversial National Security Agency (NSA) authority to conduct warrantless surveillance against foreign suspects outside of the U.S. Lawmakers voted 256-164 across party lines to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act for another six years, and offered minimal changes in the legislation despite lengthy debate […]

Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.)

Rep. Hice Named to House Armed Services Committee

Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee to replace Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who recently resigned from Congress. Hice, a long-time minister, has been a congressman since in 2015. He represents part of Fort Gordon, home to Army Cyber Command. “I’m eager to get to work on the most […]

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

House Hearing To Probe Possible Fixes For Navy Ship Woes

The House Armed Services Committee’s readiness and seapower panels plan to hold a joint hearing Jan. 18 to scrutinize how the Navy will remedy problems that led to a series of ship mishaps last year, a key congressman said Jan. 10. The hearing will examine two recent reviews of those accidents and ask the Navy […]

A Falcon 9 launch in January 2014. Photo: SpaceX.

SpaceX Says Its Rocket Did Not Doom Zuma Spacecraft

SpaceX insisted Jan. 9 that its Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which lifted off two days earlier with the U.S. government’s secretive Zuma payload, was not to blame for the apparent failure of the mission. Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer, said in a statement that after a “review of all data to date, Falcon […]


House Passes Bevy Of Homeland Security Bills

The House on Tuesday approved a number of homeland security bills, including ones related to cyber security, aviation security and counter-terrorism. The SAFE TECH Act (H.R. 4561), introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), would give the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) one year from enactment to create a program to allow third parties to test transportation […]

Sen. Tim Scott

Sen. Scott Named To Senate Armed Services Committee

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will fill a vacancy on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Jan. 9. Scott will replace former Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who lost his re-election bid last year. The appointment preserves the Republican Party’s one-seat majority on the committee. The SASC’s membership already includes […]