WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) said Feb. 26 he plans to introduce a wide-ranging space policy bill in April, but acknowledges that the full bill is unlikely to pass this year.

Speaking at a Commercial Spaceflight Federation breakfast here, Bridenstine said he will circulate a draft of his proposed American Space Renaissance Act with industry in the next few weeks. He will then formally introduce the bill during the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in April.

“The overall point of the bill is to promote policies that will permanently make America the predominant spacefaring nation,” he said in his remarks. “A big part of that is fostering, encouraging and incentivizing industry to innovate and thrive here in the United States.” Bridenstine, who has been talking about the proposed bill for some time, said he wants to build on the momentum created by the passage last year of the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, a bill that updated various sections of commercial launch and related law. “We should proactively work to address issues that could serve as further impediments to commercial space,” he said. 

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