H.R. 3819: To extend the commercial space transportation liability regime

H.R. 3819

To extend the commercial space transportation liability regime

Date
October 20, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.R. 3819 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) on October 15, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3819 would extend current law regarding the insurance indemnification for commercial space launches. It is a simple date change to ensure that launches can continue.

Background

The indemnification regime has been in place since 1988 and has been renewed four times. According to the Committee, it is an important element in maintaining the economic competitiveness of domestic U.S. commercial launch services industry. The regime helps protect against catastrophic third-party liability claims when conducting FAA-licensed launch activities.

Cost

There is no Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate yet available for H.R. 3819.