President Trump has announced his nomination of Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine to serve as the new NASA Administrator. From the announcement this evening:James Bridensine of Oklahoma to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space …
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Broken Arrow—Senator Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) congratulated Congressman Jim Bridenstine Friday on his presidential appointment to NASA administrator. Bridenstine previously served as executive director of the Tulsa Air & Space Museum & Planetarium before being elected to Congress.
Dahm says Bridenstine’s new role at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will not only positively impact the nation, but also be beneficial to the city of Tulsa with its large aerospace industry.
Congressman Jim Bridenstine with Jason and Jessica CariniRogers County Treasurer Jason Carini announced today that he has received the endorsement of Congressman Jim Bridenstine.”I am proud to endorse Jason Carini for re-election as Rogers County Treas…
NASA Watch, a news site focused on the space agency, and Arstechnica, a tech/science news site, are both reporting that Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine will likely be announced in the coming weeks as the Trump administration’s pick for NASA Administrator.
The Deputy #NASA Admin position was decided a month ago. Administrator was decided upon a week or so later. Formal announcement in Sept
— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) August 15, 2017
Oh yes Jim Bridenstine = #NASA Administrator and John Schumacher = Deputy Administrator
— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch)
Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted for the H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which funds national defense, important US Army Corps of Engineers projects, and physical border security provisions, while cutting wasteful programs that ballooned during the previous administration. The legislation passed 235 to 192.
“The first responsibility of the Federal Government is national security. Today, the House of Representatives fulfilled that duty,” said Congressman Bridenstine.
The Make America Secure Appropriations Act provides $659 billion for the Department of Defense, nearly $60 billion above the current year. This increase is necessary to restore our Armed Forces after the harm caused by the defense sequester. In addition, H.R. 3219 provides $14 billion for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons security programs, an increase in funding that will modernize the United States’ ability to deter and respond to any nuclear threat.
State Rep. Glen Mulready, Republican candidate for Insurance Commissioner, announced two major endorsements in the past week:
TULSA, OK – Today, Insurance Commissioner John Doak endorsed Glen Mulready and his bid to become his successor at the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
“I cannot think of anyone more suited to be our state’s next Insurance Commissioner than Glen Mulready,” stated Insurance Commissioner John Doak. “I have known and worked with Glen for many years in the insurance industry. In his role as the Chairman of the House Insurance Committee, we have continued to work together on many legislative reforms aimed at safeguarding consumers and creating a more robust business climate. Glen Mulready is the kind of experienced, trusted conservative we need as our next Insurance Commissioner and I am honored to support him.”
Last week, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) completed markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. As a member of the Committee, Congressman Jim Bridenstine contributed several provisions that were included in the bill. The next step is consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives the second week in July.
Congressman Bridenstine highlighted three important provisions:
1) Equal Treatment of Orders to Serve on Active Duty under Section 12304a and 12304b of Title 10, USC
The Congressman is a cosponsor of the Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act, which eliminates disparities in health care, retirement, deployment allowance, and education benefits for mobilized Reserve Component personnel. The bill was partially incorporated in the NDAA, authorizing such personnel to receive pre-mobilization and transitional health care.
2) Establishment of Space Flag Training Event
The Secretary of Defense is directed to encourage department-wide participation in the Air Force’s advanced space training exercise, Space Flag. Additionally, the Secretary is to provide training range infrastructure that facilitates growth in advanced training requirements and the development and testing of doctrine, concepts of operation, and tactics. Such exercises will enhance our ability to successfully engage in a future conflict that extends to space.
3) Responsive Launch
US STRATCOM has repeatedly identified the need to rapidly reconstitute and replenish critical space capabilities in the event of attack. This provision encourages the Secretary of Defense to increase the priority and resources for this mission area in order to field responsive and resilient launch capabilities.
[Editor’s note: Sure would like to see the cost projection on all this staging for war in space program. Boggles the mind and no end in sight…/sc]