Monday, 28 May, 2018

Oklahoma's Jim Bridenstine confirmed to lead NASA

Liftoff: Jim Bridenstine Confirmed as Next NASA Administrator Oklahoma's Jim Bridenstine confirmed to lead NASA
Preston Stone | 20 April, 2018, 04:04

At Bridenstine's hearing last November, Nelson berated the former Navy and Air Force pilot.

"I feel very strongly that Congressman Bridenstine does not have the right background or qualifications to lead NASA".

The space agency has gone without a permanent leader for 15 months, since Charles Bolden resigned as Trump took office. The administration has been pushing for a broader, more coordinated strategy across government that leverages the investment of a new wave of private companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin, while using their competitive threat to push for cheaper and better service from the traditional prime contractors of the United States space program such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

"The NASA administrator should be a consummate space professional ... not a politician", Nelson said earlier this week.

Bridenstine served as a U.S. Navy pilot on active duty for nine years, followed by four years in the Navy Reserve where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

"James Bridenstine is a climate denier with no scientific background who has made a career out of ignoring science", Sen.

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Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Tulsa Republican who previously held Bridenstine's congressional seat, accused Bridenstine's opponents of launching a "smear campaign" and spreading "hatred for no reason at all".

Bridenstine sponsored a bill called the American Space Renaissance Act in which he proposed ambitious goals to advance the country's space program. Brian Schatz (D., Hawaii) said. But I defer to scientists.

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauded the confirmation, saying in a statement that "NASA needs dedicated and inspired leadership, and Representative Bridenstine is an outstanding choice to provide precisely that".

The confirmation nearly experienced a crash landing as McCain's counterpart, Jeff Flake, threatened to vote against Bridenstine.

Had Flake remained a no on that vote, it would have caused significant complications, with Vice President Pence, who as the president of the Senate is the official tiebreaker, in Florida to attend Trump's meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Vice President Mike Pence was a tie-breaking vote, as Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was absent due to recovering from cancer treatment. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) initially sided with the Democrats, but he ultimately changed his vote.

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