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Bridenstine Confirmed as NASA Chief

Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-Tulsa Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-Tulsa
Bennie Garza | 20 April, 2018, 03:44

A career NASA civil servant, Lightfoot has been serving as Acting Administrator since the Trump Administration began in January 2017. President Trump had initially tapped Bridenstine for the post a year ago, but his nomination stalled amid Democratic criticisms, as well as some reticence from Sen. With Republicans holding only a 51-49 majority in the Senate, and with fellow Republican Sen. He and his Florida Democratic counterpart, Sen.

Florida's other US senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, spoke out against Bridenstine on the Senate floor Wednesday, The New York Times reports. "The NASA administrator should be a consummate space professional". While Vice President Mike Pence has the ability to break a tie, he wouldn't have been able to overrule Flake's would-be no vote in this instance. The party-line vote for a NASA administrator is unprecedented, as past administrators have been confirmed by the Senate with little or no dissent. "I was not enthused about the nomination".

"This is an old story, no there there", said Sheryl Kaufman, Mr. Bridenstine's communications director. "I felt NASA is an organization that needs to be led by a space professional". Starting over with a new nomination, however, "we could go into February of next year". Her "no" vote (yielding the final tally of 50-49) was not decisive, but it was historic. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat who gave birth to a baby girl 10 days ago, returned to the chamber for the first time since leaving on unofficial maternity leave.

"I think what's not right for NASA is an administrator who is politically divisive and who is not prepared to be the last in line to make that fateful decision on "go" or "no go" for launch", he said. "I look forward to working with the outstanding team at NASA to achieve the President's vision for American leadership in space", Bridenstine said.

One Republican senator, Marco Rubio of Florida, also expressed concerns about Bridenstine's qualifications to lead NASA. Jim now takes the reins of this agency and its talented and dedicated workforce.

"I wasn't enthusiastic about him but that wasn't the point", Flake explained.

He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

The Senate has rightfully approved Jim Bridenstine's nomination. "Just because you know how to fly a plane does not mean that you have the skills and experience to lead the federal government's space agency". He was a controversial choice as a NASA administrator largely because of his past skepticism about climate change and votes against some NASA climate research while in Congress. However, Nelson said before the vote that if Bridenstine was, in fact, confirmed, he would work with him "for the good of our nation's space program".

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