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Trump administration officials trekked to a space-industry conference in Colorado Springs on Tuesday to deliver a thinly veiled message to Democrats in Congress: Fund the President’s Space Force or risk a $3 trillion hit to the economy.

But Democrats have been clear: The space force is expensive and dumb, and Congress won’t pay for it.

That hasn’t stopped the Trump administration from pushing for it.

“Space is fundamental to our modern way of life,” Patrick Shanahan, acting secretary of defense, said at the annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

Shanahan, a former Boeing executive who is under investigation for allegedly favoring to his former employer for military contracts, described the many ways in which the U.S. economy relies on space: GPS, satellite

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