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Florida senators bash Trump's pick for NASA administrator

03 September 2017

Washington D.C/United States, September 2: Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine would be nominated by Donald Trump, the United States President as the next administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) next week.

"There's a couple people in the executive branch who didn't always say nice things about me in a political campaign", said Rubio.

In a statement, Lightfoot reaffirmed that Bridenstine needs senate confirmation, but that he looks forward to "ensuring a smooth transition and sharing the great work the NASA team is doing".

Bridenstine has been a member of Congress since 2012.

Bridenstine has been a vocal proponent of the privatization of space, to the point where he introduced a bill (the American Space Renaissance Act) that would have created "minimal" and "certain" regulations to foster private participation in USA space initiatives.

Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who now serves on the Science, Space and Technology Committee, famously called for former President Barack Obama to apologize for allocating funding to climate change research.

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In a blog post last November, Bridenstine called for commercial activity and permanent settlement on the moon.

James Bridenstine of Oklahoma to lead NASA Friday, a move that has some Republicans riled.

However, other senators weren't on board with Trump's pick, including Republican Sen.

He has also pushed for more coordination between military and civilian space programs, The Wall Street Journal reports.

"I would hate to see an administrator held up - on (grounds of) partisanship, political arguments, past votes, or statements made in the past - because the agency can't afford it and it can't afford the controversy", he added. Nelson told Politico, "The head of NASA ought to be a space professional, not a politician", and Rubio voiced concerns that Bridenstine's "political baggage" would hurt the space agency.

Florida senators bash Trump's pick for NASA administrator