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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville made a visit to Huntsville this week.

The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber hosted the Washington Update with Tuberville as the keynote speaker at the Von Braun Center North Hall on Tuesday.

After one year in office, he reflected on COVID shutdowns, inflation, and worker shortages, as well as Alabama’s role in national defense.

“We must get back to work.” That was the message Sen. Tuberville had for the business community.

As we emerge from another spike in COVID cases, Tuberville said he sees a workforce nervous to return to normal. His goal moving forward? Work with businesses, employees, and government officials to create safe work conditions.

Tuberville said the key to bolstering industry and business is to reduce the federal debt and deficit.

“If we don’t open back up our country’s not going to survive,” Sen. Tuberville said at the event. “We’re 30 trillion dollars in debt and rising. If we don’t get inflation under control, then it’s going to be hard to keep up with the wages that are just overwhelming a lot of our small businesses.”

So far, the senator has opposed big spending bills like the Biden Administration’s ‘Build Back Better Plan’ as he continues to call for reduced federal spending.

But, he said there are some areas that do not need to be cut, like national defense.

Moving forward, Tuberville says he wants to see the United States at the forefront of space exploration and military advancement.

“You show strength early. You don’t show it after the fact, and this administration just hasn’t done that.”

Tuberville said he pledges to dedicate funding to military technology, particularly missile defense.

“We do not have a first line of defense to defend ourselves from China on the West Coast. We started to work on it, and I’ll be danged if we didn’t get it. Now, a lot of that’s built here, and we’re proud of that. It’s very expensive, and it costs a lot of money, but the safety and security of our country costs a lot of money.”

Tuberville says space exploration is like military power, the U.S. must lead the world in technology advancements.

“Space is the future for all of us. It’s going to be imperative for all of us that we do things before everyone else here in Huntsville.”

Because Huntsville has deep ties to NASA and the U.S. military, Tuberville said he considers the city to be the perfect location for Space Command.

He continues to fight for it to be relocated to Huntsville.

“We’ve got a fight on our hands, but it belongs here,” Tuberville said during the meeting.

Space Command is currently based in Colorado Springs. If the relocation is approved, the command would be expected to move to Huntsville in 2026.