The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, led by Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas passed bills this week to advance the nation’s leadership in quantum sciences and strengthen the country’s commercial space sector.
Lucas called them “critical pieces of legislation” to secure the country’s global competitiveness in the science and space fields.
“Both bills were developed with significant stakeholder input and have drawn strong support, ensuring the success of these industries moving forward.”
H.R. 6213 addresses the 2018 National Quantum Initiative Act and will build on it through research, new quantum applications and industry partnerships.
” As China and Russia are actively making notable investments in quantum systems, we must maintain our momentum to secure our leadership position in this revolutionary field, and this bill does just that,” Lucas said.
The other bill, H.R. 6131, he said was critical to supporting the commercial space economy and “ensures compliance with international treaty obligations, reduces administrative burdens, and promotes best practices in orbit.”
H.R. 6213, The National Quantum Initiative Reauthorization Act, reauthorizes the National Quantum Initiative Act ensuring continued U.S. leadership in quantum technology.
H.R. 6131, Commercial Space Act of 2023, updates the government oversight of commercial space activities to promote, streamline, and strengthen the commercial space sector and enable the continuation of U.S. leadership in space.
Source: press release