U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Space and Technology, praised the committee passage of Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
“While I am disappointed that unprecedented obstruction from Senate Democrats required the President to renominate many of his well-qualified nominees, I am pleased the Commerce Committee advanced—for the second time—the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine to serve as NASA Administrator. As a former military aviator and former administrator of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, Bridenstine has a lifelong passion for space and a strong record of advancing space policy that will serve him well at NASA. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to confirm him swiftly.”
Inhofe also made brief remarks ahead of the vote at the committee markup this morning.
Brief Remarks Ahead of the Vote:
Mr. Chairman, we've been through this drill before.
It's unfortunate that people don’t know Jim Bridenstine like those who are closest to him. He actually occupies the House seat that was my seat for eight years. I’ve worked with him and as Senator Lee brought out, he has a lot of experience.
It's kind of interesting because he and I had been serving for a number of years as the only two active commercial pilots on the committee. So, he knows what it’s about, he knows. He’s served on both the House committees on Science and on Armed Services.
He has been in a position to deal with—I think anyone who takes this position as director of NASA is going to have to be someone who can speak the language of Congress, can walk the halls, express the needs of NASA. He certainly is qualified to for doing that. He was actually named one of five—and I’m quoting this—space leaders making a difference by Space News.
And then the comments that are made about him as far as others, I don’t think there’s anyone who knows more about the qualifications of someone other than someone who is an astronaut. Buzz Aldrin and several others are supporting him. So anyway, where I started off, I just wish everyone here knew him like I do. He’ll do a great job as NASA Director.