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Last week the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee tweeted a link to a widely debunked Breitbart article questioning warming due to climate change. In response, I tweeted, “I get my climate info from trusted scientists.” What do I think my fellow committee members should be reading?
Whether NASA will be able to continue doing great things will be the work that is needed on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to Congress, among Democrats and Republicans. What is clear is that the American people have a strong voice in ensuring that NASA can fulfill its promise by insisting that NASA does the following five things.
President Kennedy’s foresight enabled NASA to play a constructive role in our society. As one of the nation’s crown jewels, NASA is a source of technological and scientific innovation, an inspiration to generations, a catalyst for economic growth, and a positive symbol of American preeminence worldwide, as well as a demonstration of our commitment to international cooperation in the peaceful uses of space. In a few months, this country will decide on its next president. I encourage Congress to work with the next administration to ensure a smooth transition and to sustain the progress that has been made on our NASA programs.
Tackling methane pollution will also create high-quality jobs in a growing domestic manufacturing and service sector supporting common sense and cost effective methane control technologies. States like my home state of Texas, which has the highest concentration of facilities in the country, stand to benefit from future growth associated with this industry.
I am proud of the work the Environmental Protection Agency is doing. The agency’s top priority is to protect the health of the public and the planet, and I commend them for staying true to their mission in the face of unfounded and hyperbolic criticism.
When Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), spoke before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology earlier this month, it should have been a great opportunity to talk about policies that can help protect Americans’ health and safety and reduce the risk of climate change. Instead, it was investigative theater.
A Democratic lawmaker says there is evidence that a longtime employee in the Commerce Department inspector general’s office was placed on leave because she was believed to be a whistleblower.
It is the moment of truth. The commercial space industry has to decide if it wants to simply posture, holding out for that last extra bit of advantage, or instead be willing to accept a compromise that advances its interests through legislation that can actually become law.
Just a few months ago we marked up and passed out of the House a bipartisan NASA authorization. That bill was negotiated on a bipartisan basis, voice voted out of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and then passed by the full House in a similar fashion. Today, my committee, the Science, Space and Technology Committee, is marking up H.R. 2039 — a NASA reauthorization act that the Democrats on the committee did not even know existed until late last Friday. Needless to say, there was no bipartisan negotiating. After we saw the bill, we understood why.
There is no simple fix for the partisanship that has a stranglehold on Washington, but it starts with the simple desire to work together. This type of progress however, takes leadership. I am saddened to see the Republican majority dismissing the opportunity to work together on the most important driver of our economic future: U.S. research and development. This traditionally bipartisan legislation has now fallen victim to a broken Washington.