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By Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL.CD6)
The average American interacts with satellites 36 times a day. Every time you check the weather, search for a spot to grab your morning coffee or send a text message, you're getting hands-on with the space industry.
Space doesn't just impact our personal lives though – it affects our national security too. Our banking, stock market and modern global logistics systems – not to mention the military – are all dependent on space assets.
Here in Florida, we've seen the impacts of space firsthand. Our Space Coast was the home of the first American suborbital flight. We were also home to the first American to orbit the earth. In 1969 – 50 years ago this summer – our astronauts blasted off from Cape Canaveral and landed on the moon. For 30 years, America was a force to be reckoned with in space. In 2024, we're going back to the moon.
Florida universities like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, here in Daytona Beach, lead the world in training premier aviation and aerospace talent. This talent which is incredibly in demand considering the Federal Aviation Administration anticipates 44 space launches in 2019 and one a week (56 annually) by 2021.
Unfortunately, the U.S. space program has fallen behind. It drastically stalled under President Obama and where the U.S. lagged, adversaries like Russia and China moved in, making significant investments to militarize their space programs – all with the goal of dominating America in space.
These countries are treating space as a war fighting domain. We must take meaningful action to do the same.
Our state – specifically Volusia and Flagler counties – is positioned to play a critical role in this next space race. Space commerce should be a welcomed economic driver considering recent U.S. Census data shows booming population growth to our north and south and consistent growth in Volusia and Flagler. That's why the first bill I introduced would establish a U.S. Space Command and strengthen my bipartisan efforts to headquarter Space Command in Florida. It's also why I fought hard to win a seat on the House Armed Services and Space Committees with oversight of both military and civilian space programs.
President Trump's leadership has reignited American space competitiveness and I'm proud to support his efforts to establish a U.S. Space Command — and to create a sixth branch of the military known as the Space Force.
I'm also thrilled to see the private sector taking such a groundbreaking role in this exciting new sector of our economy. Its involvement and success in commercial space has energized the STEM community, driving us to a new space renaissance.
While the private sector has galvanized a renewed interest in space, the government must also allow for innovation and keep pace by updating commercial regulations and providing adequate guidance.
This administration understands the stakes. It has acted accordingly, proposing rules for "Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements" through the FAA.
Space is expected to be a $2.7 trillion industry by 2045. As this effort moves through the Congress and the Pentagon, we cannot allow party affiliation to distract us from the serious defense needs that impact all of us. We must understand space isn't a partisan issue — it's a national security issue.
As threats to our networks increase, space development is essential for the United States to remain competitive. This is an opportunity for us to continue to lead. I know we have the intelligence, willpower and drive to make that happen.
Florida also has the opportunity to excel. Gov. Ron DeSantis, Space Florida, the President, our congressional delegation and local officials are all working together with the President and NASA to ensure Florida is a key player in the space race. Our district – specifically Volusia and Flagler counties – is also destined to play a big role in the space race. We have the talent, institutions, expertise and infrastructure to seize the moment.
The 21st-century space race is on and with strong leadership, Florida will lead the way.
President Donald Trump signs Space Policy Directive-4 in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 19, 2019. SPD-4 directs the Pentagon to establish a Space Force.
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Thursday May 4th 2017: 'Trump Talk Live' producer Vic Baker was preparing for our REC's weekly 7pm radio show. As always he checked the homepage of Volusia County Department of Elections http://www.volusiaelections.org/
What he saw was history: For the first time since the 1870's (maybe ever) Volusia had more registered Republicans than Democrats.
Upon hearing of the county’s shift from Democrat to Republican, Kit Martin, a longtime Daytona Beach resident who was involved in organizing local GOP clubs as early as the 1964 election, had a two-word reaction. “Happy day,” she said.
She recalled the day when she, newly arrived from West Virginia, went to register to vote. She told the elections supervisor’s clerk her party choice. “Are you sure you want to register Republican?” came the response.
“I said, ‘What is your name? I think it is illegal to try to influence my registration,’” Martin responded.
Tony Ledbetter, the Volusia County Republican chairman, said the party remained almost 3,000 voters behind Democrats on Jan. 1. He attributes the closed gap to a backlash to negative mainstream media coverage of Trump.
Ledbetter views Volusia as a harbinger of Florida, which still tilted Democratic by about 330,000 voters out of a total of 13 million, as of Dec. 31, 2016. “We have a campaign push all over Florida, all 67 counties,” he said. “We’re working to make Florida red.”
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The Florida Legislature gave final approval Thursday to legislation that bans state and local government agencies from adopting so-called “sanctuary” policies limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
The bill is believed to be the first time in recent decades that Florida has adopted legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants.
Senate bill sponsor Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, was able to overcome opposition in his chamber and usher the legislation to DeSantis’s desk. “It’s about making sure we keep our communities safe,” Gruters said Thursday.
Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff, R-DeLand, responded that “this bill isn’t anti-immigrant and it’s dangerously disingenuous to suggest otherwise. We are a nation of immigrants, proudly so,” Fetterhoff said. “But we are also a nation of laws.”
The bill cleared the House 68-45 Thursday and now goes to DeSantis, who made the issue a top campaign pledge and is eager to sign the legislation.
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.. because they rigged the election for Her to win
♦ President Trump can prove the July 31st, 2016, Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence operation originated from a scheme within the intelligence apparatus by exposing the preceding CIA operation that created the originating “Electronic Communication” memo. Declassify that two-page “EC” document that Brennan gave to Comey. [The trail is found within the Weissmann report and the use of Alexander Downer – SEE HERE]
♦ Release and declassify all of the Comey memos that document the investigative steps taken by the FBI as an outcome of the operation coordinated by CIA Director John Brennan in early 2016. [The trail was memorialized by James Comey – SEE HERE]
♦ Reveal the November 2015 through April 2016 FISA-702 search query abuse by declassifying the April 2017 court opinion written by FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer. Show the FBI contractors behind the 85% fraudulent search queries. [Crowdstrike? Fusion-GPS? Nellie Ohr? Daniel Richman?] This was a weaponized surveillance and domestic political spying operation. [The trail was laid down in specific detail by Judge Collyer – SEE HERE]
♦ Subpoena former DOJ-NSD (National Security Division) head John Carlin, or haul him in front of a grand jury, and get his testimony about why he hid the abuse from the FISA court in October 2016; why the DOJ-NSD rushed the Carter Page application to beat NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers to the FISA court; and why Carlin quit immediately thereafter.
♦ Prove the Carter Page FISA application (October 2016) was fraudulent and based on deceptions to the FISA Court. Declassify the entire document, and release the transcripts of those who signed the application(s); and/or depose those who have not yet testified. The creation of the Steele Dossier was the cover-up operation. [SEE HERE]
♦ Release all of the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages without redactions. Let sunlight pour in on the actual conversation(s) that were taking place when Crossfire Hurricane (July ’16) and the FISA Application (Oct ’16) were taking place. The current redactions were made by the people who weaponized the intelligence system for political surveillance and spy operation. This is why Page and Strzok texts are redacted!
♦ Release all of Bruce Ohr 302’s, FBI notes from interviews and debriefing sessions, and other relevant documents associated with the interviews of Bruce Ohr and his internal communications. Including exculpatory evidence that Bruce Ohr may have shared with FBI Agent Joseph Pientka. [And get a deposition from this Pientka fella] Bruce Ohr is the courier, carrying information from those outside to those on the inside.
♦ Release the August 2nd, 2017, two-page scope memo provided by DAG Rod Rosenstein to special counsel Robert Mueller to advance the fraudulent Trump investigation, and initiate the more purposeful obstruction of justice investigation. Also Release the October 20th, 2017, second scope memo recently discovered. The Scope Memos are keys to unlocking the underlying spy/surveillance cover-up. [SEE HERE and SEE HERE]
... because love really does conquer hate
Volusia TARS Chairman Ian Escalante & Vice Chair MacKenzie Graham.
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RECVC Chairman Paul Deering, training with Rep. Mike Waltz and Green Berets in Ormond Beach.