WASHINGTON — The House Science Committee is expected to approve a bill that seeks to improve regulation of commercial space activities, but not without criticism from some within the industry.
The American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act, H.R. 2809, was formally introduced June 7 by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science Committee. The bill has eight other co-sponsors, including space subcommittee chairman Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) and Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), a member active on space issues who remains a leading candidate to be named NASA administrator. The bill has bipartisan support and is expected to clear the committee during a June 8 markup and go to the full House.
The Air Force plans to award a contract today to upgrade the radar on select F-16 aircraft, including eight planes at the Air National Guard Wing in Tulsa, OK. The new AESA (Active Electronically Steered Array) Radar will enable smaller target detection and tracking, greater targeting range, faster search capabilities, and an ability to engage multiple targets.
Congressman Bridenstine said, “This considerably enhances the capability of Tulsa’s F-16s, allowing for targeting at extended ranges to improve lethality against our enemies and survivability for ourselves. I have proposed increased spending for these systems in the current National Defense Authorization Act.”
The Air Force contract is with Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation for 72 AESA radars, spares and support services. Squadrons based in nine locations, including Tulsa, will each receive eight new units. Delivery of the first radar is expected to be in December 2018, with all 72 systems at full operational capacity by the fourth quarter of 2020.
Congressman Bridenstine speaks from the floor of the House of Representatives on the positive impact scouting has on young American lives.
Following recent resignations by Grace Farmer and Jerry Buchanan (Sooner Politics story here), the First District Committee for the Republican Party met May 22nd in Tulsa to hold a special election for a new chair and vice chair. There were 16 voting members (one a proxy) present. After two rounds of tied voting and a brief question and answer period, Amanda Teegarden was selected as chair in a 10-6 vote. Voting was by secret ballot.
Joanne Tyree was the only announced candidate for Vice Chair and was elected by acclamation. Other candidates for chair were Bo Summers (withdrew after first vote and gave his support to Amanda Teegarden) and Jon McGrath. Neither Summers or McGrath or Tyree are members of the committee, but one does not have to be a member of the committee to be selected as chair or vice chair.
Congratulations to Amanda Teegarden and Joanne Tyree!
OKGrassroots – First District Committee Selects new Chair and Vice Chair – Congratulations Amanda Teegarden and Joanne Tyree!
[Editor’s Note: It is a thrill to know that Nathan Dahm will run for this open Congressional seat in 2018! The first time he ran for the seat in 2010, he was not very well known in the district. That will not be the case this time, being known as the guy who beat Piers Morgan on his own show! He is the only announced candidate to my knowledge with an in office voting record and Nathan Dahm’s voting record is sterling. He is one of the top ranked conservatives by multiple sources for multiple years. More than that he is loved by the people he represents because he works to protect and defend their rights. We need to keep this congressional district in good hands. Go Nathan! Our prayers are with you Nathan – may His blessings continue to be upon you!/sc]
story via OKGrassroots
Press conference: Nathan Dahm will be announcing his candidacy for Congress CD01 at the Main Street Pavilion at 8 am in Broken Arrow (Tulsa area) on May 5th. Be there early!
Rose District Pavillion 418 S Main St, Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Press Conference for Nathan Dahm – Announcement May 5th
The announcement we’ve all been waiting for looks like it is set for Friday May 5th. Here’s the story via The Okie:
Dahm Plans ‘Special Announcement’ Friday, Will Run For Congress
Okie Staff Report
Broken Arrow State Senator Nathan Dahm will announce his intention to run for First District Congress at an event Friday morning, TheOkie.com has confirmed.
The 34-year-old was first elected to Senate District 33 in 2012. He serves as a Majority Whip and chairs the General Government committee. Dahm has previously run for US Congress in the 2010 primary.
He will announce his campaign at an 8am press conference at the Rose District Pavilion in Broken Arrow.
Current First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine had previously announced that he will keep his term limits pledge and will not seek re-election in 2018.
Dahm joins an already somewhat crowded field of Republican candidates including Tulsa businessman Kevin Hern, former Tulsa Co. DA Tim Harris, Andy Coleman of Bartlesville and Tulsan Scott Pendleton.
Source post via The Okie here
OKGrassroots – Breaking News: Nathan Dahm Announcement to Run for Congress