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Friday, August 10, 2018 1:00 am

Lawmakers in wait-see mode

Banks, Donnelly, Young to review

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Federal lawmakers representing northeast Indiana are neither embracing nor rejecting the Trump administration's proposal to create a military branch called Space Force.

Rep. Jim Banks and Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young indicated Thursday they will wait to see legislation that would establish and fund Space Force before deciding whether the branch is warranted. 

“I agree with President Trump that we must do more to prioritize America's space efforts,” Banks, R-3rd, said in a statement. “Congress is working with the administration to provide the right authorities and capabilities needed to protect and control U.S. assets in space today and anticipate future 21st century needs.”

Banks said that as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, “I look forward to reviewing legislative proposals to ensure our space needs are being met without creating a bloated bureaucracy.”

The office of Donnelly, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that he “will review any information” about the Space Force plan and “will continue his oversight responsibility to ensure that Americans are safe and our military is prepared for any eventuality, including in the rapidly evolving space domain.”

The office of Young said that he “looks forward to reviewing the administration's proposal.”