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Selected Quotes From 2006

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
December 30, 2006

AIP FYI #144: Of Note: S&T Policy Quotations of 2006

“Yes, there are winners, but also many losers.” – Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN), Ranking Minority Member on Science Committee on the Administration’s FY 2007 S&T request

“I have to say, this is probably the most depressing hearing I’ve sat through.” – Rep. Gordon discussing proposed FY 2007 NASA science budget.

“We . . . have created an irrational exuberance.” – NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on space science researchers’ expectations for future budgets

“The plain fact is that NASA simply cannot afford to do everything that our many constituents would like the Agency to do.” – NASA Administrator Griffin

“Is this going to be a techno-whoops?” – Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on the space station program

“If you allow the [NASA] workforce to disappear from 2010 to, say, 2015 or 2020, you can never replace these people. The expertise that you lose cannot be put back together again. Once Humpty Dumpty and the skilled workforce is dead and depleted, you can never put it back together.” – Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) speaking in opposition to amendments to shift FY 2007 NASA funding

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