A small group of senators, led by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, is pushing for legislation to clarify the method for reporting unusual sightings known as UFOs.
The New York senator went so far about proposing legislation investigating "any resource, capability, asset, or process" of the Department of Defense and intelligence community.
In January, she sponsored an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that created an "Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office," which will have the power to examine everything from "any aspect of human behavior" to UFOs.
The new bill, which is up for debate this week in the Senate, was co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Lindsay Graham and Marco Rubio. Both were ardent advocates of UFO disclosure while serving as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. It would also create an "aerial and transmedium advisory committee" that would include academics, intelligence officials, and video-game industry professionals.
The House bill calls for establishing an office that would collect information about unexplained objects in space. The Senate version, by contrast, stipulates the creation of a similar office that would publish regular reports on sensitive data like whether there have been any health issues connected to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) sightings and whether the government has taken any natural materials.
Gillibrand explained her decision to open a new headquarters in an interview with Politico on Wednesday. "If it is technology possessed by adversaries or any other entity, we need to know," she said.
She believes it's time to take the study of UFOs seriously at a policy level rather than brushing it off as fiction. The Pentagon's disappointing UAP study over the past five years, which concluded UFOs were no security threat, has left her underwhelmed.