(RepublicanJournal.org) – Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, who serves as Pentagon press secretary, recently announced President Joe Biden’s decision to keep Space Command in its current Colorado location. The move, reversing previous plans to transfer the headquarters to Alabama, sparked immediate controversy. Even one Democrat has called out the “shameful” action, accusing the Biden administration of making the decision solely to punish the red state.
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) issued a press release slamming the administration’s announcement. The Alabama congresswoman expressed her disappointment, accusing officials of choosing “politics over merit.” She stood united with the Alabama Congressional Delegation as well as Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R), who also released an official statement.
Tuberville accused Biden of making his decision solely to punish Alabama for its abortion laws. He published an op-ed in The Washington Post to explain his reasoning in detail. The conservative Senator cited a Fox News article, which stated the Air Force evaluated 66 possible places across the country and determined the Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama, was the best choice. The criteria the armed forces branch used included a location’s capabilities, infrastructures, and the caliber of their surrounding communities.
The Associated Press reported that Gen. James Dickinson, who heads Space Command, had influenced Biden’s controversial decision. The military leader insisted that the transition would disrupt military readiness during a time when the US and China are racing against one another to expand their defense operations into space. Officials in favor of keeping the headquarters where it is, claim that construction for the new location won’t be done until 2030, which would make for a lengthy move.
The Colorado location, established in 2019, had been named Space Command’s temporary headquarters until leaders could decide upon the best permanent spot. Former President Donald Trump chose Redstone Arsenal. Sewell, Tuberville, and many others continue to support that decision.
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