On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed a bill that will allocate about $19.5 billion dollars towards space travel that will increase the budget for NASA, including a crewed mission to Mars by 2030. Both of Florida’s Senators, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, were on hand for the signing and worked together on the bill.
“It’s been a long time since a bill like this has been signed, reaffirming our commitment to NASA.” began Trump “With this legislation we support NASA’s scientists, engineers, astronauts, and their pursuit of discovery.”
The bill will put an emphasis on public-private partnership and was an increase from the initial amount of $19.1 billion in the Trump budget.
There was some friendly joking around during the signing. Rubio’s remarks included “I’m happy to see Florida is going to continue to do more with NASA than Texas is.”, while his main co-sponsor, Texas Senator Ted Cruz stood in front of him, who joked earlier the President should send congress to space.
One of the pens used to sign the legislation went to Nelson, who is know for his own mission to space back in 1986.
“Well, he’s a Democrat, I wasn’t going to let him speak.” joked the President.
“We have the commercial companies going to and from the International Space Station and we have NASA going out and exploring the heavens and we’re going to Mars.” said Nelson after the friendly jab, shaking the President’s hand.