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(Jen, 4-25-11, “The Stopper” Aviation Week & Space Technology, Lexis, Accessed June 27, 2011, EJONES)
But plenty of other Republicans agree with Wolf that manned space flight is not the best issue on which
to cooperate with China—and they now hold the majority in the House. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), the
co-chairman of the House China Caucus, has taken on China as an interest area since he visited there in 2005
and saw steel production facilities being moved to near seaports, a move he interpreted as the first sign that
China was building aircraft carriers. Beyond security though, Forbes worries about U.S. competitiveness.
He says the nation needs to shore up its own finances so it can prioritize space research and reclaim its
leadership role. A European ambassador came to his office asking about China because he had to advise his
government on whether to enter into an agreement with China or the U.S. «We don't know if you're going to
have the financial capability or the will to honor those commitments,» the ambassador told Forbes. Earlier
this month, the European Union announced it planned to cooperate with China on manned space flight.
Other critics of space cooperation with China complain that Congress was not fully consulted on
NASA's White House-led initiative. Dean Cheng, a research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, a
conservative think tank that opposes cooperation on manned spaceflight, says the Obama administration
has only itself to blame for reaching too far—without extending a hand to Republicans in Congress.
«By going directly to manned space, we have short-circuited the possibility of these other areas that
might have created an audience and given each side more comfort in dealing with that,» he says. It
might have been smarter, he and others suggest, to warm relations on issues that require less trust and build
toward cooperation on manned space. Wolf warns that cooperating with China isn't worth the risk of
compromising cutting-edge U.S. spaceflight technologies. «It is a moral issue. It is a jobs issue. It is a
science issue. To give them the crown jewel of this nation is wrong,» he says. «They will take it and run with
it, and our space program will be in decline.» Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Coop – Russia – Triggers Congressional Debate
Russia space flight coop and contracting requires extend waiver of nonproliferation
Morgan, Congressional Research Service spet in science and technology policy, 7-8-10
[Daniel, Congressional Research Service, “The Future of NASA: Space Policy Issues Facing Congress”, p. 28,
opencrs.com/document/R41016/, accessed 6-20-11, AFB]
Congressional policy makers may wish to consider that instead of contracting with the private sector for crew
services, NASA could continue to contract for the use of Russian Soyuz vehicles. This would probably
require Congress to further extend its waiver of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act. The
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