Congressman Steve Stockman visited with Johnson Space Center officials today and outlined his plans to stop proposed cuts to NASA funding.
"Obama's proposed sequester would be disastrous for NASA, which is already his punching bag," said Stockman. "Not only can you increase NASA funding while balancing the budget, cutting spending, cutting taxes and reducing the debt, it's the fiscally responsible thing to do. Every dollar spent on NASA produces real value for our economy and our defense."
"NASA funding fulfills one of the few legitimate functions of government. Friday's destructive explosion over Russia of a meteor we never saw, and the near-hit by an asteroid, should be a warning to Obama against further cuts to NASA," said Stockman. "Cuts to NASA jeopardize our safety and security."
"I was a champion for NASA in my first term and I'm fighting harder than ever to not just save the space program, but make it bigger and better," said Stockman.
"It makes no sense to cut NASA funding while we're spending $2.2 billion to give people free cell phones," said Stockman. "We're spending $26 billion on food stamps for people who make too much money to qualify for them, but we're cutting NASA? That's irresponsible."
"I am working with other Texas members of Congress to stop sequester and instead focus the cuts on wasteful or unnecessary spending," said Stockman. "Both Republican and Democrats here in Texas know how valuable NASA is and that money spent on NASA produces real value. They are working with me to save NASA jobs."
"The House has passed two bills to stop sequester, but Senate Democrats killed them," said Stockman. "We are working on another bill to stop sequester and balance the budget without tax hikes. We hope Senate Democrats will cooperate instead of once again forcing us toward sequester, or worse, a government shutdown."