Oklahoma Representative James Bridenstine, a Navy Reserve pilot, was confirmed as NASA's 13th administrator on Thursday.
In a 50-49 vote Thursday, Oklahoma Representative James Bridenstine, a Navy Reserve pilot, was confirmed as NASA's 13th administrator, an agency that usually is kept away from partisanship. His three predecessors — two nominated by Republicans — were all approved unanimously. Before that, one NASA chief served under three presidents, two Republicans and a Democrat.
The two days of voting were as tense as a launch countdown.
A procedural vote Wednesday initially ended in a 49-49 tie — Vice President Mike Pence, who normally breaks a tie, was at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — before Arizona Republican Jeff Flake switched from opposition to support, using his vote as leverage to address an unrelated issue.
Thursday's vote included the drama of another delayed but approving vote by Flake, a last-minute no vote by Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth — who wheeled onto the floor with her 10-day-old baby in tow — and the possibility of a tie-breaker by Pence, who was back in town.
(Score: 0, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 20 2018, @10:52PM (1 child)
Ideally we'd just pass a bill to eliminate a bunch of government agencies, but there is normally opposition. How to you propose to crush that opposition?
That is, lay out a plan to eliminate the EPA or the Department of Education. Politically, how would you accomplish that?
It's easy to complain, but actually getting the job done isn't so easy.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 21 2018, @07:14AM
I recall a certain Energy Secretary ran on the platform of eliminating 2, or was it 3, agencies. It didn't attract many votes, if you recall.
Explain your idea, win the votes. THAT is how you have to do things BECAUSE it is slow and difficult.