Castro Welcomes Passage of Bipartisan U.S.-Australia Space Cooperation Resolution
WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today welcomed the passage of a bipartisan resolution he authored with Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21) that affirms United States-Australia space exploration, research and utilization cooperation (H.Res.1052). Specifically, the resolution recognizes the importance of Australia’s new space agency and the value of U.S. cooperation, and encourages the United States Department of State to facilitate international cooperation through pre-existing diplomatic channels.
“As we mark 100 years of U.S.-Australia collaboration on diplomatic, cultural, economic and military issues, we must also come together to better understand what lies beyond within our Universe and how this bilateral relationship can support such exploration,” said Rep. Castro. “As Australia opened its first space agency, we must seize the opportunity to collaborate on manned and unmanned exploration, research across our universities on astrophysics and other issues, and the development of commercial options to access space. I welcome today’s passage of this bipartisan resolution that reaffirms the importance of our nation’s decades-old partnership and recognizes areas to grow that will help strengthen our national security, technological development and partnerships abroad.”
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