Olson Statement on President Obama NASA Speech
Washington, DC â€“ Rep Pete Olson today issued the following statement in response to the Presidentâ€™s speech on NASAâ€™s future in Florida today:
â€œThe President has acknowledged that his initial budget proposal was untenable and unacceptable. The President needs to work with members of Congress to ensure Americanâ€™s continued leadership in human space flight. His announcement today does nothing to solidify that leadership over the long term and continues a flawed hope in what might be instead of what we already have.
â€œOur nation does not lack the resources, the capabilities, the infrastructure, or the workforce to maintain a robust space program to reach destinations in space. What we lack is a commitment to get there.
â€œTodayâ€™s announced proposals continue that trend. The Administration has downgraded the Orion capsule, failing to realize its true potential if fully utilized as designed.
â€œIf exploration is truly our goal, we can and should develop heavy lift capability right now. Stating that you may select a heavy lift design in five years is not a bold commitment to exploration.
â€œThe only thing bold about this announcement today is the Administrationâ€™s blatant focus on Florida in spite of the national impact this program has. The President committed to forming a Cabinet-level task force to analyze the job impact on the state of Florida and to assist them in the transition. While I understand the economic challenges the Space Coast faces, those challenges are not limited solely to one state.
â€œEarlier this week, Apollo Commanders Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, and Gene Cernan called the Presidentâ€™s cuts â€œdevastating.â€ I agreed with them then, and nothing the President said today has changed my mind.â€
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