Trump to nominate new NASA chief next week

Trump to nominate GOP Rep. Bridenstine as NASA chief

And prior to holding office, he was a U.S. Navy pilot and the executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.

"I am pleased President Trump has announced his intent to name Jim Bridenstine as NASA Administrator today".

"The head of NASA ought to be a space professional, not a politician", Nelson said in a brief written statement to POLITICO. Bridenstine, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, will need to be confirmed by the senate to become the agency's next administrator. Both senators they suggested the GOP congressman's political past would needlessly spark a partisan fight in the Senate that could ultimately damage NASA.

U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) (L) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) hold a press conference to show support for the Venezuelan community on April 17, 2014 in Doral, Florida.

But not everyone is convinced Bridenstine's experience in space legislation and politics makes him ready to lead NASA. "I just think it could be devastating for the space program", he said of any delay in the confirmation process.

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And here's Bridenstine in 2013 demanding that then-President Obama apologize for spending money to research climate change, which he says has "stopped" and severe weather is on the decline anyway. "I look forward to working with a new leadership team, and the administration, on NASA's ongoing mission of exploration and discovery".

Bridenstine has a history of championing private space initiatives, such as mining for minerals on the moon.

Bridenstine has spoken at the organization's annual conference, the Space Symposium, in recent years, including using the 2016 conference to introduce his American Space Renaissance Act, a wide-ranging space policy bill.

It remains unclear whether the two senators will vote for or against Bridenstine. According to media reports, Jim Bridenstine would be nominated as the new administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration by September 5.

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