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Houston Chronicle by  Alex Stuckey Feb. 22, 2019

With NASA’s funding at the mercy of the annual Congressional budgetary process, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said he wants to provide predictability in at least one area of the country’s space program: the International Space Station.

“As we’ve seen, some of [NASA’s] stream of funding has been uncertain and interrupted by things like sequestration and shutdowns,” Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, told the Houston Chronicle Friday. “Before we can attract private capital, they are going to need some greater certainty.”

The Texas Congressman plans to file a measure in the coming weeks to extend the country’s operation of the space station to 2030. It currently is scheduled to end by the end of 2024, but Congress can extend it.

Cornyn on Friday toured Space Center Houston, the museum side of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and participated in a round-table discussion with local technology and space companies.

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