Rep. Gene Green Speaks Out for Johnson Space Center
April 15, 2010
Washington, DC - Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s speech at Kennedy Space Center:
“Since taking office over a year ago, President Obama has shown leadership on many fronts. Unfortunately, the Johnson Space Center is not one. This is a fierce economic engine to our area supporting 7,000 direct jobs. If his proposed budget succeeds in canceling the Constellation program, our area will backslide in the great progress we’ve made in bouncing back from the recession.
Additionally, the President has announced his intention to select a high-level team of senior officials to develop a plan for regional economic growth surrounding the Kennedy Space Center and to transition and retrain dislocated shuttle workers on the Florida space coast. As a Member of Congress and a fellow Democrat, I find it unacceptable that the President hasn’t developed the same plan for the other 9 NASA centers. I call on the President to come to the Johnson Space Center and address how he plans to confront these economic and workforce issues.
Finally, experts believe that a heavy lift exploration system would be fully operational within 6 years by allocating funds under the President’s FY11 budget request using the heavy lift vehicle development account and exploration research and development. This could be accomplished by transitioning current Ares contracts to a modified vehicle. The President’s commitment to make a decision on a heavy lift vehicle in 2015 isn’t sufficient when we can begin production now and protect our area from a loss of thousands of jobs.”