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) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 21 2018, @04:07AM (2 children)
You could take a Bushism and apply it to Trump: "They misunderestimated me."
He has caught so many people off guard, to his advantage, that at some point you have to admit it isn't accidental.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 21 2018, @07:31AM (1 child)
I think we have found the Constitution has a ton of holes in it and Common Decency is not as strong a force as sometimes imagined.
(Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday April 21 2018, @02:19PM
Welcome to 200 years of US history.