Congress: May 2006 Archives

House Science Committee Democrats Call For NOAA Leadership's Removal

"House Science Committee Ranking Member Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) and ETS Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. David Wu (D-OR) are calling for the removal of NOAA Administrator Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. (Ret.) and General John J. Kelly Jr., Deputy Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere. "If this isn't 'the fleecing of America,' I don't know what is," stated Rep. Gordon. "If we're to have any hope of stopping this train wreck, NOAA must have new leadership - the sooner, the better."

"Vice Admiral Lautenbacher is currently serving as the Administrator for NOAA. At no time in the last two years has the Administrator ever been candid with these Members or the Committee on Science regarding the true problems with this project. We were never sure whether he was purposely obfuscating or was legitimately ignorant of the problems."

Space Transportation Association Breakfast with Congressman Tom DeLay

"Congressman DeLay will discuss NASA and the Space Exploration Vision."

Editor's note: I guess this is a farewell party. I am not sure what DeLay can do for NASA since he's just another member of Congress right now - and an outgoing one at that. Then again he was once quite capable of helping the agency out - so I am sure he has some interesting observations to make.

NASA's Greedy Overseers, Editorial, NY Times

"The space agency is struggling to mount a vigorous program of exploration and scientific research within a tight budget. So what has Congress been doing to help it along? Not much, judging from revelations that hordes of greedy senators and representatives have siphoned more than half a billion dollars from NASA's budget for the 2006 fiscal year to finance pet projects. It is a terrible diversion of money."



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