Election Implications For NASA

Democrats on Track to Win Control of House, Senate Remains Too Close to Call, Washington Post

"Democrats were on track tonight to win control of the House of Representatives, chalking up a steady stream of victories against Republican incumbents. But a majority in the Senate remained up for grabs, with several key races too close to call."

Editor's note: What does this mean for the Democrats who sit on committees that oversee NASA? Given that there are many issues with how the VSE is being implemented, it is likely that members of the opposition party will be much more likely to take NASA and the Administration to task than has been the case in recent years.

On the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Science, the Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, and Related Agencies, Alan Mollohan (D-WV) is the ranking member and the likely new chair. Watch IV&V get healthier. And of course, Bud Cramer (D-AL) will be there to push for MSFC's interests. Alas, Rep. David Obey (D-WI) is seen by many as a likely chair for the full committee and he is not a fan of NASA.

On the House Science Committee, Bart Gordon (D-TN) is all but certain to be the new Committee chair - good news for MSFC as well. Mark Udall will likely be the chair of the subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics - good for Lockheed Martin and Ball Aerospace. Michael Honda (D-CA) was reelected meaning that ARC will have a seat at the table. With Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) hammering her opponent and Nick Lampson returning to Congress (likely seeking to rejoin the Committee as well) JSC will be well represented.

Right now it is uncertain whether the Senate will flip to Democratic control. Indeed it may be days before this is clear - one way or the other. If it does change parties, then NASA will most certainly find its senior leadership under greater scrutiny than it has been under the management of the President's party. Stay tuned

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