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posted by Fnord666 on Monday November 19 2018, @12:09AM   Printer-friendly
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The Planetary Society reports:

Representative John Culberson, an 8-term Texas Republican and staunch supporter of NASA and planetary exploration, lost his re-election bid to Democrat Lizzie Fletcher last week. Many factors played into this outcome, but one bears consideration by space advocates: his support for the scientific search for life at Europa was seen as a weakness and attacked accordingly.

Over the past four years, Culberson used his chairmanship of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations subcommittee to increase spending on NASA and missions to search for life on Europa. He directed hundreds of millions of dollars to this effort and played a critical role in getting the Europa Clipper mission officially adopted by NASA and the White House. And he did this without cannibalizing other NASA programs. His motivation was passion, not parochialism, as the prime benefactor of these federal dollars was California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, located far outside his Houston-area congressional district.

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  • (Score: 2) by looorg on Monday November 19 2018, @01:45AM

    by looorg (578) on Monday November 19 2018, @01:45AM (#763720)

    From the seat he had could he even have funneled large amounts of money into some water sanitation project in his home district or was that somewhat out of his purview? I could be wrong but if you chair a subcommittee named "Commerce, Justice and Science" wouldn't it be a fairly large misappropriation of funds if you started to send money home to Huston to pay for municipal issues?

    The Huston Chronicles issue was that he cared more about science then his hometown/district? Does one rule out the other? Is the Chronicle (and the person that wrote the piece) a democratic or republican leaning newspaper? That said I did laugh a bit at the advert, but it was also fairly disturbing since that type of attack-ads are very uncommon here. That said can a Democrat (in Texas) even be against "aliens" these days? Doesn't that scare away all the coloured voters ...

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