Florida Sens. Rubio, Nelson Skeptical of Trump's Pick for NASA

The nomination drew fire from two US senators from Florida who questioned the Oklahoma representative's qualifications to lead such a complex and highly technical agency

He now serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

The website said Bridenstine has been active on space issues in Congress and was also a staunch supporter of Trump's candidacy in the general election. "Our history is wonderful, and our future is even brighter, as we continue to build on this nation's incredible global leadership in human exploration, science, aeronautics and technology".

Bridenstine represents Oklahoma's First Congressional District, where he was first elected in 2012.

In the American space Agency have been major staff restructuring. It never became law (a revised bill is expected later in 2017) but his focus was clear: he wanted to rely more on commercial partners than government programs. His predecessor, Michael Griffin, was an engineer and manager with extensive experience in civil, commercial and national security space. He argued that from the moment we discovered water ice on the moon, "the American objective should have been a permanent outpost of rovers and machines, with occasional manned missions for science and maintenance, in order to utilize the materials and energy of the Moon to drive down the costs and increase the capabilities of American operations in cis-lunar and interplanetary space". "I am pleased to have Rep. Bridenstine nominated to lead our team", he said in a NASA statement late September 1. His "political baggage" could hold NASA back by throwing in accusations of partisan bias, Rubio tells Politico, and he might not command respect from an organization that values its scientific mission. Both Republican senator Marco Rubio and Democrat senator Bill Nelson have jointly criticized the Bridenstine pick as needlessly injecting politics into NASA, which is supposed to be devoted to the pursuit of science. "I just think it could be devastating for the space program", he said, "Obviously, being from Florida, I'm very sensitive to anything that slows up NASA and its mission".



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