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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) hailed the U.S. House of Representatives’ unanimous passage tonight of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act (S. 442), which Rubio and six other senators reintroduced in February. The Senate unanimously passed the bill in February, and it now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

“Florida remains an indispensable player on the cutting edge of our nation’s space program,” said Rubio. “This bipartisan legislation will foster innovation, support NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion programs, improve collaboration between the agency and commercial space sector, and benefit thousands of workers across Florida, particularly at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. I look forward to working with the administration and my colleagues in Congress to make America’s space program even more successful, and ensure NASA has the resources it needs in the years ahead.”

Following his visit to Florida’s Space Coast in August, Rubio and others initially introduced this bill in September 2016.