NASA leasing bill morphs into ‘freedom to vote’ legislation

A recent bill meant to facilitate NASA raising money by leasing out underused facilities went in a most unexpected direction: expanding the right to vote.

The NASA property bill was transformed into the “Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act” under the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives, seeking to undercut Republican opposition to expanding the franchise.

The act includes provisions such as turning election day into a federal holiday, allowing same-day voter registration, expanding early voting and mail voting and allowing more types of non-photographic ID for voting, according to Business Insider.

An exterior view of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a part of which is now leased to private companies to generate revenue for NASA. (Image credit: NASA)

The House passed the bill on Thursday (Jan. 13) by a 220 to 203 vote, with each representative voting along party lines, according to SpaceNews. 

Source link


World Lion Day: Five young lions rescued in Romania arrive in South Africa

The Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary near Bethlehem in the...

Commander Iraqi Navy calls on Air Chief

Lieutenant General Ahmed Jasim Maarij Abdullah Al Zayid, Commander...

Female orgasms come in three distinct types—but women tend to get just one

Women are capable of having three kinds of orgasm...

World Cup could start one day earlier, if Qatar can convince FIFA’s Infantino, committee

GENEVA — The World Cup in Qatar could start...

Best headlamps 2022: best lights for stargazing and general lowlight scenes

Here's our round up of all the best headlamps as we shine a light on the very best models you can get on the...

Anti-satellite weapons: History, types and purpose

Orbiting high above our heads is a technology that has changed every aspect of our lives. From the GPS on your phone to the sport...