In an almost unanimous appeal, eight of the nine members of Colorado’s congressional delegation sent a letter Thursday to the Secretary of the Air Force, asking him to suspend the Trump administration’s decision to move the US Space Command headquarters from Colorado to Alabama. was requested.
The letter states that Space Command’s migration from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., “undermines our ability to respond to threats in space and is disruptive to the current mission.”
It also said the decision needed further review, noting the fact that “significant evidence exists that the former president’s political views influenced the final decision.”
Representative Ken Buck, a Republican from Windsor, Colorado, was the only member of the congressional delegation that did not sign the letter. Buck’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Trump administration’s decision on January 13 to make Huntsville the permanent home of the US Space Command was widely criticized by Colorado politicians on both sides. On January 26, every member of Congress from Colorado asked President Joe Biden’s administration to reconsider the move.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, a Republican, said in January that the move was based on “politics” and that incumbent President Donald Trump chose Alabama to reward Sen. Tommy Tuberville, one of eight Republican senators. , who challenged parts of the Electoral College certification. Congress.
“There are many indications that politics may be involved,” Sadar said.
Thursday’s letter noted that Colorado already has significant military assets that make it an ideal location for space command, including the National Space Defense Center, US Northern Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station. and the US are included. Air Force Academy – All in Colorado Springs.
“Ninety miles north, the Buckley Space Force garrison hosts the National Reconnaissance Office’s Aerospace Data Facility—Colorado,” the letter also noted.