NASA’s Lease Bill Turns Into ‘Freedom to Vote’ Legislation

A recent bill aimed at making it easier for NASA to raise money by leasing underutilized facilities went unexpectedly: expanding the right to vote.

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

The law includes provisions such as turning Election Day into a federal holiday, allowing same-day voter registration, expanding early voting and voting by mail, and allowing more types of non-photo ID to vote, according to Business Insider.

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

The House passed the bill Thursday (January 13) by 220 to 203 votes, with each representative voting along partisan lines, according to Space News.

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