WASHINGTON – U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump signing Space Policy Directive – 2.

Chairman Smith: “President Trump’s Space Policy Directive – 2 is another big win for America. The commercial space industry is a national asset. Their innovations are not only ensuring American leadership in space but also inspiring millions of Americans that the stars are once again within reach. With this directive, President Trump is instituting a streamlined, modern regulatory structure for the space industry, including remote sensing. The order mirrors many of the goals of my American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act, which the House passed unanimously last month, including creating a one-stop-shop at the Department of Commerce for overseeing commercial space activities. I thank President Trump and Vice President Pence, who is leading the National Space Council, for their initiative.”