ATR Urges Congress to Look Out for Americans Rather than Putting Money in Putin’s Pocket
On Wednesday, Americans for Tax Reform declared its opposition to the proposed lift on the ban of RD-180 rocket engines in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.
In a letter to Congressman William Thornberry (R-Texas), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, ATR President Grover Norquist explained:
“Currently, America is becoming the world leader on space launches as its private space industry matures. Thanks to these developments it has more than one launch vehicle capable of military hardware launches—enough to secure American interests through the early 2020’s.
Some Members of Congress propose to relax or lift the RD-180 ban based on concerns about national security. Besides the fact that America has launch systems more than capable of delivering our hardware into space well into the next decade, lifting the ban is a terrible mistake in terms of boosting one of our main international rivals and undermining the billions that we spend defending against Russia…
America has spent over $6 billion in aid for Ukraine to prevent a Russian partitioning of the country, as well as to ensure the transition of Ukraine from a socialist state into a modern European one.
This is in addition to the $1 billion that the nation spends on sanctions on Russia for their aggression in the Ukrainian civil war.
Americans for Tax Reform has even done its part, helping to train activists in Ukraine who have worked to build up a civil society in support of free markets.
It is also important to remember the $11.5 million per day that our country spends trying to stabilize Syria while the Russians kill our allies on the ground and prop up the regime of Bashar Assad.
Simply put, meeting Russia in the world stage has cost the American taxpayers a considerable amount. Money from RD-180 sales goes directly into the hands of Putin’s cronies and his own ambitions to reconstruct the near-abroad of the defunct Soviet Union…
I encourage you, and the rest of the House Armed Services Committee to uphold the popular and necessary ban on Russian-made rocket engines for military launches.”
Read the full statement here.