COLORADO SPRINGS – The most controversial nomination process in the NASA administrator's agency in six decades history was completed on April 19 when the Senate voted to confirm Jim Bridenstine.
The Senate confirmed 50-49 Brigantine, Republican Congressman from Oklahoma, as the 13th administrator of the agency. The vote for the NASA administrator is unprecedented, as the past administrations have confirmed the Senate by some controversy.
The vote was completed by the nomination process, which is different from NASA than in 1958. The White House officially named Bridenstine's position in the month of September 1 after it was widely seen on Frontline. The nomination was supported by many cosmic industries. [Presidential Visions for Space Exploration: From Ike to Trump]
The Bridenstine nomination is facing strong democrat senators who argued that he was not qualified as an administrator and had social opinions on issues that were discussed in climate change, which had been promoted by the agency. This led to the Senate Trade Committee in November and again in January in party lines to submit to the full Senate.
One Republican Senator, Marco Rubio, Florida, also expressed concerns about Bridenstine's qualifications to lead NASA. Republicans only had a majority of 51-49 Senate members, and Republican Senator John McCain, for health reasons, which effectively blocked the nomination.
Ruby recently changed the mind, but voluntarily handed the vote. On April 18, the Senate voted on April 50-48 to cast a nomination, restrict floor debate and create voting. It also had an unexpected drama as Geoff Plak (R-Ariz.) Initially voted for the movement, creating a 49-49 deadlock. Flack later changed the vote to take a motion and its original opposition was not related to the Briden nomination.
Rubio, on April 19, explained that NASA's operating administrator Robert Lightfoot's expected pension period changed his mind and support to Bridenstine. "I did not like any nomination, nor any person against Brigitte," he said. "I felt NASA is an organization that should be guided by a space professional."
But, he said, Lightfoot retirement together, "he leaves us with the prospect of this incredibly important agency in Florida and the country's vacant position for his return to work and we are our second acting administrator." Ruby said he feared that if Bridenstine did not confirm the new nominee could not be confirmed at the beginning of next year.
"There is no way NASA can afford two years and X months without a permanent administrator," said Ruby. "So these decisions always arise from the context that the President should have an important view on choosing a team."
Democratic lawmakers expressed their opposition to Bridgetine before voting. "The NASA administrator should be a supporting space professional, and this senator wants to be a professional, not a politician, as NASA's head," said Beni Nelson (D-Fla.), Who presented the nomination in the nomination April 18.
However, Nelson said he worked with Bristain if he became a NASA administrator. "If Congressman Bridenstine is, in fact, confirmed, I will work with him in a good country in our country program," he said. "I have no doubt that the candidate is passionate in our space and I am no doubt motivated or motivated."
"This honor should be confirmed for the United States Senate to become a NASA administrator," Bridenstine said. "I'm patient with this and I once again thank President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pens to be sure that we are cooperating with NASA on the vision of the President of the United States in the space."
Industrial groups also immediately weighed its confirmation.
"The Senate's vote today condemns the start of the Jim's Space Agency's launch, as America prepares to return to the moon and deep in the space," said Mary Lenny Ditmar, president and executive director of the Deep Space Search Coalition. "The Coalition is ready to cooperate closely with the administrator Bridenstine and his team to support NASA's human exploration and spatial programs."
"NASA needs dedicated and inspired leadership and Repin Bridenstine is an excellent choice to ensure exactly", said Alan Stern, Chairman of the Commercial Space Fleet Federation. "We look forward to working with you for the American civilian and commercial space enterprises."
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