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(Thumbs up) Finally! Wonders of wonders, miracles of miracles, Houston actually has a Hurricane Harvey recovery bill. The $90 billion disaster aid package made its way through the Senate after surviving what Politico called "the dumbest shutdown ever" (more on that below). In this political day and age there's only one rational way to celebrate this accomplishment - a parade. We're thinking U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. John Culberson on a tiki-style float down Buffalo Bayou. You know, they actually did stuff like that to celebrate federal funding for the Port of Houston. Culberson worked to transform the White House's F-minus Harvey bill into a passing grade and Cornyn ushered it through the Senate. Now here's the next step: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Sylvester Turner have requested $200 million in state funds for flood prevention infrastructure.

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Announcing the Planetary Science Congressional Caucus

Update: you can ask your Senators and Representative to join the caucus—we've made it easy to write them with the request.

I'm excited to share with you a major step forward for the support of space exploration in the U.S. Congress: the official formation of the new Planetary Science Caucus.

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Houston fundraiser with New York Democrat Chuck Schumer rankles some Texans

WASHINGTON – A high-profile Democratic fundraiser in Houston this weekend is causing a stir both in the state and in Washington.

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Harvey aid promised as Congress votes to reopen government

WASHINGTON - The federal government is back in business and hurricane relief for Texas and other disaster-stricken states is back on the table.

The agreement that ended a three-day government shutdown Monday breathed new life into a crowded backlog of issues, including a long-delayed disaster relief package that got caught up in a broader funding dispute.

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STA RECEPTION HONORING REPS CULBERSON, SMITH & BABIN, Jan 18, 2018, DC, 5:00-7:00 pm ET

The Space Transportation Association will hold a reception honoring Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), Lamar Smith (R-TX), and Brian Babin (R-TX) on January 18, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm ET in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.

Culberson chairs the House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee that funds NASA and NOAA.

Smith chairs the House Science, Space, and Technology (SS&T) Committee.

Babin chairs the Space Subcommittee of the House SS&T Committee.

The event is by invitation only.  Contact Rich Coleman for more information:  rich@spacetransportation.us.

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Smith, Culberson: Space telescopes promise a universe of discovery

When one first focuses on the Ultra Deep Field image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2004, it appears to be just a photo of the night sky. Dots, stars at first glance, clutter the image, but a longer, closer look leads to wonder and amazement. The image, which is a piece of the sky about the size of a penny at arm's length, shows that the "stars" are really galaxies, an estimated 10,000!

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Culberson BBQ POSTPONED due to Harvey!

The BBQ has been moved to Saturday, October 28th, 12noon -2:00pm.

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Commerce Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson Steers Pro-Gun Spending Bill to House Floor

NRA-ILA:

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill, which funds various federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, for the next year. The bill includes a number of important pro-gun riders, thanks to the tireless work of NRA A+ rated pro-gun champion John Culberson (R), U.S. Representative for the 7th District of Texas and chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee.

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COALITION FOR DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION APPLAUDS APPROVAL OF THE HOUSE FY 2018 COMMERCE-JUSTICE-SCIENCE APPROPRIATIONS BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (Coalition) applauds the House Appropriations Committee’s approval of the FY 2018 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which would fund NASA from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. The bill includes an increase of $218.5 million above the current FY 2017 funding levels for NASA, and is $771.8 million above the FY 2018 Budget Request. This increase for NASA is noteworthy given that the overall allocation for the House CJS bill was reduced by $2.6 billion for FY 2018. 

“The Coalition appreciates the continued leadership of Chairman Culberson, Ranking Member Serrano and the members of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee for their strong support for NASA in the FY 2018 bill,” said Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, President and CEO of the Coalition. “Despite a challenging budget environment, the Committee has prioritized NASA, especially its science and human exploration missions, to provide the resources necessary to enable continued progress on these important capabilities.”

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Addressing a Human Rights Epidemic

Over the last decade, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received 145,764 reports of trafficking in America.

Think about that. More than 100,000 reports of the modern-day version of slavery. Over one hundred thousand lives trafficked, exploited, in some cases destroyed.

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