July 12, 1995
Honorable Jerry Lewis Chairman Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies
Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Mr. Chairman:
I am writing to you to express my deep dismay and disappointment at your recommendation to close the Goddard Space Flight Center and two other NASA field centers as part of NASA's Fiscal Year 1996 appropriation.
The Subcommittee's proposal is an ill conceived idea that has no basis in fact. It is not the result of any credible independent effort to study the realignment of NASA's field installations. Worst of all, the sudden and arbitrary nature by which it was proposed threatens to destroy the historic bipartisan spirit that has supported America's space program.
Any decision about the future realignment of NASA field centers should be based on merit, mission, and value to the nation. The importance of Goddard to the space program on each of these three criteria is well documented and without question. Should the Subcommittee's recommendation not be reversed in the House, I can assure you that I will be prepared to outline these arguments at some length during the Senate's consideration of NASA's 1996 appropriation.
I would like you to reconsider the Subcommittee's action for three important reasons.