Three Foster amendments added to defense bill that creates Space Force

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster touted amendments of his that were included in a defense spending bill the House of Representatives passed last week.

Three of Foster’s amendments made their way into the National Defense Authorization Act, according to a news release.

The congressman’s amendments include:

• Strengthening the requirements for flight testing of the ground-based midcourse defense element of the ballistic missile defense system.

• An independent study on the effect of the development and deployment of long-range missile defenses on the security of the U.S.

• A requirement that the Secretary of Defense seeks to enter into a contract to support the JASON scientific advisory group, which helps provide independent technical expertise for U.S. policymakers.

Foster said he voted for the spending bill to “ensure the men and women who serve our nation in the military continue to have the resources they need to do their jobs.”

Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet, who is challenging Foster for his seat in 2020, called Foster’s vote for the more than $700 billion defense bill “unfathomable.”

Ventura decried the bill’s creation of a U.S. Space Force and said the money should have gone to address other needs, such as climate change. She added it was “sad” that some Democrats such as Foster helped pass the bill.

“I can’t believe that we are blowing billions of dollars on this hypothetical cartoon-like space war, and doing little to address the real crisis,” she said.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.