The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2024 includes a provision by U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) that prohibits funding from being used to expand U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM) headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Specifically, Sec. 2889 in the NDAA will stop the combatant command from renting, planning, designing or constructing new facilities, according to Strong.
"I promised to fight for Space Command from day one as your congressman, and refused to sit idly by as political influence was used to reverse a merit-based decision," Strong said.
The funding freeze will remain until at least June 30, 2024, and is contingent on completed investigations by the Department of Defense inspector general and the comptroller general of the United States.
In an interview on Wednesday with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Strong maintained the Colorado site's poor marks when evaluated among other sites, including Huntsville, and its lack of security compared to the other sites were grounds for the Pentagon to reevaluate the decision.
The FY24 NDAA is expected to pass the House of Representatives and the Senate later this week.
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