Of interest to NewSpace advocates: longtime Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) lost to Republican newcomer Chip Cravaack in the early morning hours today. Oberstar was going for a 19th term in the House. He is best known in space circles for leading the opposition six years ago to the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act (CSLAA) in the House, citing concerns about enabling a "tombstone mentality" for commercial spaceflight. In 2005 he introduced legislation to try and roll back some of the provisions of the CSLAA, but that legislation went no where and he had since not been actively involved in commercial spaceflight legislation or regulation. There had been some concerns two years ago that he would have another shot to take action on the industry, had he so desired, as Secretary of Transportation, but he decided to remain in Congress. Few commercial spaceflight advocates, though, will likely be mourning his defeat.
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