WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators introduced a new NASA authorization bill Nov. 6 that would extend the life of the International Space Station and direct NASA to have an upgraded version of the Space Launch System ready by 2024.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chair of the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee, introduced the NASA Authorization Act of 2019 Nov. 6. Consponsoring the bill are the subcommittee’s ranking member, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) along with the chair and ranking member of the full committee, Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)

“As chairman of the aviation and space subcommittee, I’m proud to lead bipartisan legislation that continues our nation’s bold vision for science and space exploration,” Cruz said in a statement about the bill.