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AL officials blast reported attempt to reverse Space Command move

Alabama political leaders are criticizing President Joe Biden’s reported attempt to keep Space Command Headquarters in Colorado instead of moving it to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.

Monday, in a report by NBC News, unnamed officials “close to the process” say the White House is actively seeking to “reverse” the decision to locate U.S. Space Command’s headquarters to Alabama. The report alleges the move is all about the state’s strict abortion laws.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle reacted to the news by criticizing Biden for putting “partisan politics” over national security.

U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) slammed the move, saying this is an attempt to just “punish conservative states.”

“If it is now Department of Defense policy to punish conservative states implementing the will of their voters,” Strong said in a statement. “I’d suggest that Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, Louisiana, Wyoming, Arkansas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Utah start calling the Pentagon to ask if they should be worried about their installations.”

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth also condemned Biden and highlighted the fact that the internal reviews showed Huntsville as the best place for the new headquarters.

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) also pointed to the process that led to Huntsville being chosen as the new location.

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) said the President is making decisions that are a threat to national security.

“Locating the permanent Space Command Headquarters on Redstone Arsenal undoubtedly remains in the best national security interest of the United States,” Britt said. “President Biden should allow the Air Force to proceed with doing its job. Alabama’s world class aerospace and defense workforce capabilities, and synergies stand ready to fulfill the mission and strengthen our national security long into the future.”

Yaffee is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” weekdays 9-11 a.m. on WVNN. You can follow him on Twitter @Yaffee

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