Statement of Space Subcommittee Chairman Brian Babin - Hearing on Pluto Flyby

Status Report From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chairman Babin: Space exploration is a challenging endeavor that distinguishes the United States as a global leader, supports innovation and economic growth, and inspires the next generation to build, explore, and discover.

The success of the Dawn mission to the asteroid Ceres and the New Horizons mission to Pluto demonstrate the national importance of space exploration and planetary science.

Unfortunately, year after year, the Obama Administration has consistently cut funding and deprioritized NASA space exploration and planetary science. It is imperative that Congress continue to reject the Administration’s cuts and support a well-funded exploration program.

My congratulations to Dr. Stern, NASA, and the New Horizons team on a successful mission to Pluto. I thank the witnesses for being here today and look forward to their testimony.

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