NASA Markup Results in Politicized Bill
Rep. Bart Gordon, Ranking Member of the Science Committee's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, issued the following statement at the conclusion of yesterday's markup of H.R. 1654, the NASA Authorization Act of 1999:
"I am deeply disappointed that the Republican Members of the Science Committee decided to turn what should have been a non-partisan markup of the NASA Authorization bill into a vehicle for a partisan attack on the Vice President. Moreover, I'm troubled that they would be willing to jeopardize all of the hard work that has gone into H.R. 1654 simply to score some cheap political points through the cancellation of the Triana mission. While I obviously am opposed to the NASA bill in its current form, I hope that we can restore a non-partisan approach to funding our nation's space and aeronautics activities in the coming days."