Brooks Applauds Confirmation of Long-Time Friend and Ally as NASA Administrator
Washington, DC— Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jim Bridenstine as administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a party line vote of 50-49.
Congressman Brooks said, “My long-time friend and ally, Jim Bridenstine, has the ability to make an exceptional NASA administrator. Jim not only has a keen interest in aeronautics and space, he also understands the Washington political atmosphere and, as such, has political insight that NASA needs to help overcome the political hurdles that have all too often hampered NASA in the past.”
Congressman Brooks continued, “Jim Bridenstine and I have had a strong working relationship for years in the House on the House Armed Services Committee and House Science & Technology Committee. As Vice-Chair of the Space Subcommittee, I look forward to continuing to work together with Jim Bridenstine as he takes the helm at NASA.”
Congressman Brooks concluded, “Unfortunately, NASA has been without an administrator for the longest period in its history. Senate Democrats delayed Jim’s confirmation —as they have with numerous appointees of President Trump’s— for partisan, political reasons. Even today, every Senate Democrat voted ‘No’ on Jim’s nomination— not for NASA or America’s sake, but to obstruct President Trump and obstruct conservative principles that helped elect so many Congressmen and Senators. Prior to this Administration, the longest NASA had endured without a Senate confirmed administrator was 80 days. It took the Senate 230 days to confirm Jim Bridenstine—far longer than the 45 days it typically takes to confirm a NASA administrator. Senate Democrats’ obstruction of President Trump’s nominees is unacceptable and continues to do great damage to America.”