Kosmas' Statement on President Obama's NASA Address

Press Release From: Rep. Suzanne Kosmas
Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010

image (Kennedy Space Center, FL) - Today, following President Obama's speech on NASA policy at the Kennedy Space Center's Operations and Checkout facility, Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24) issued the following statement:

"The changes that the President has outlined today to his NASA proposal are steps in the right direction and a sign that he is listening to my concerns, but there is still room for improvement.

"The continuation of Orion, combined with new program offices at Kennedy Space Center, infrastructure upgrades and economic development funding, will help protect Space Coast jobs, and I am glad that the President has heard our call to preserve our highly skilled workforce.

"However, as I have said all along, without working towards a specific vehicle and without having American access to the International Space Station, we risk losing our supremacy in space. I have introduced legislation that would maintain a robust NASA-led human spaceflight program by allowing for Shuttle extension and by establishing a next-generation NASA-led vehicle, and I will continue fighting to make sure these ideas are fully explored.

"I appreciate that the President has shown a willingness to improve his proposal and I look forward to continuing our dialogue on this important issue. No matter what, I will keep working with my colleagues from both parties to develop a strong plan for NASA that protects Space Coast jobs and preserves America's international leadership in space, science and technology."

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