NASA leasing bill morphs into ‘freedom to vote’ legislation

A recent law that was supposed to make it easier for NASA to raise money by leasing underused facilities has gone in the most unexpected direction: expanding voting rights.

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

The law includes provisions such as turning election day into a federal holiday, allowing on-day voter registration, extending early and postal voting, and allowing multiple types of non-photographic voting cards, Business Insider reported.

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 courtesy: NASA)

The House passed the law Thursday (January 13th) by 220 to 203 votes, with each MP voting along party lines, according to SpaceNews.

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