U.S. Chamber of Commerce Disbands Space Enterprise Council

Chamber of Commerce Disbanding Space Enterprise Council
Space News

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is disbanding the Space Enterprise Council (SEC), an affiliate established in 2000 that lobbies U.S. policymakers on behalf of the domestic space industry, effective May 1, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The chamber’s surprise decision leaves the council, which has 35 dues-paying members and whose monthly meetings have become an important forum for interaction between U.S. government and space industry officials, facing an uncertain future. Sources said the council benefited from its loose affiliation with the chamber, a powerful lobbying organization that represents some 3 million businesses and organizations.

“The association with the chamber was a key to being part of this organization,” said one source.

Several sources said the chamber’s move came without warning and expressed disappointment both with the timing and with the way it was handled.

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