Harris to chair the National Space Council
May 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate with 40 world leaders in the East Room of the White House April 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)
The Biden administration will maintain the National Space Council and Vice President Kamala Harris will chair it, according to senior administration officials, adding another item to the vice president's portfolio.
(CNN)The Biden administration will maintain the National Space Council and Vice President Kamala Harris will chair it, according to senior administration officials, adding another item to the vice president's portfolio.
Harris "intends to put her own personal stamp on the Council," a senior administration official said.
The National Space Council was led by Harris' predecessor Vice President Mike Pence during the Trump administration.
Officials contend that for now, the National Space Council will operate under that same executive order from 2017 and haven't made a decision whether changes are necessary but intend to review it.
As was the case for past space councils, the latest iteration will assist the President in generating national space policies and strategies and in synchronizing America's civil commercial and national security space activities, officials said.
Senior officials would not list where chairing the National Space Council lies among Harris' other portfolio priorities, which now include leading diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants in the Northern Triangle and the administration's efforts to expand broadband high-speed internet.
There's no official date for the first formal meeting of the National Space Council, but senior administration officials said Harris will get started soon.