Olson Statement on Rumors of Possible Cuts or Cancellation of NASA's Constellation Program
Rep. Pete Olson today issued the following statement in response to recent reports on the Presidentâ€™s upcoming NASA budget and the future of the Constellation program:
â€œPresident Obama has sadly been focused on the wrong priorities for America. He and Congressional Democrats have wasted billions of tax dollars on a â€œstimulusâ€ bill that sent funds to his supporters and has failed to create jobs or stimulate our economy. He has not been focused on the national priorities that will get our economy back on track like national security, infrastructure, scientific research and development. A committed focus on these priorities will ensure a strong economy and restore Americaâ€™s global leadership.
â€œIf recent reports regarding the future of the Constellation program and the direction of NASA are true, then the President could not be more wrong to consider cancelling it. The Constellation program is the best means for America to remain the global leader in human space flight. Not insignificantly during this time of economic uncertainty, human space flight accounts for thousands of high paying American jobs and are essential to maintaining our leadership. At a time when the Constellation program continues to meet important programmatic milestones (on a smaller budget than promised) changing NASAâ€™s course would bring instability to the agency and weaken Americaâ€™s role as the global leader in human space flight.
â€œI strongly urge the President to reconsider any attempt to reduce the role of human space flight at NASA. But Congress also has an important role in the decision making process and I will be working steadfastly with my colleagues to ensure that this short sighted proposal is not the final answer on the future of NASA.â€
Contact: Melissa Kelly