Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) visited the Johnson Space Center to congratulate NASA’s astronaut candidate class of 2017.
Cruz was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and Representatives Brian Babin (R-Texas) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
“I was honored to join Vice President Pence, and Reps. Babin and Smith today to congratulate NASA’s 2017 class of astronauts,” Cruz said in a press release.
“Earlier this year, the Administration along with Congress, made a serious and bipartisan commitment to the manned exploration of space, laying the groundwork for the mission to Mars, and enabling commercial space ventures to flourish, all of which will foster extraordinary economic growth and job creation throughout Texas. Advancing America’s leadership in space is a critical endeavor, and I am excited and optimistic about the work that remains to be done as we work to open up the last frontier.”
Sen. Cruz is the Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, and has worked to “secure the passage” of both the 2015 Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act and the Cruz-Nelson NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017.