Most recently, President Joe Biden tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with taking a lead role on the immigration crisis which, so far, has led to no remarkable changes at the border.
According to Politico, in recent days, the White House made a stunning announcement about Harris’ next responsibility, which includes her new assignment as the chair of the National Space Council, where she’ll have decision-making ability for the cabinet-level government office.
A senior White House official revealed to the outlet that some of her responsibilities as the head of the National Space Council will include overseeing and “supporting sustainable development of commercial space activity, advancing peaceful norms and responsible behaviors in space, achieving peaceful exploration objectives with our allies and partners.”
Adding to the checklist are Harris’ priorities of focusing on climate change, advancing STEM education, enhancing cybersecurity as far as space is concerned, and pushing for workforce diversity.
The vice president issued a short tweet expressing her excitement over leading the council, which was originally formed under former President George H.W. Bush. Interestingly, the council was virtually disbanded after Bush left office, only to be reinitiated by former President Donald Trump in 2017, as he long preached the importance of American space dominance.
As I’ve said before: In America, when we shoot for the moon, we plant our flag on it. I am honored to lead our National Space Council.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) May 1, 2021
The Biden administration, so far, seems to be open to embracing Trump’s vision of advancing American space technology as a top priority, including objectives to once again land on the moon and down the road, a potential first trip to Mars.
It would certainly be wise for the Biden administration to maintain that track, as the commercial space industry is exploding not only in popularity and public interest but also in necessity as technology continues to exponentially increase.
Let’s just hope that Harris takes America’s space initiatives and her role as chair of the National Space Council a little more seriously than she appears to be taking her lead role on the out-of-control immigration crisis.