U.S. representative from Oklahoma named next NASA administrator

U.S. representative from Oklahoma named next NASA administrator

The nomination had the support of much of the space industry.

"I am deeply concerned that his nomination is further evidence of a deeper problem", U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, said in an emailed statement.

"Because of this, I made a decision to support the nomination of Rep. Bridenstine". John McCain, R-Ariz., missed the vote due to illness.

This week, Rubio changed his position and voted for Bridenstine.

Thursday's vote included the drama of another delayed but approving vote by Flake, a last-minute no vote by Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth - who wheeled onto the floor with her 10-day-old baby in tow - and the possibility of a tie-breaker by Pence, who was back in town. That also had some unexpected drama as Sen.

During Bridenstine's confirmation hearing, critics also challenged past comments about climate change. The vote was 50-49 to confirm Bridenstine, a Navy Reserve pilot.

Since that time, the US space agency has been led by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot. "NASA can not go two and a half years [from Trump's inauguration] without a director", Rubio said. "Nothing personal about Mr. Bridenstine".

Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. It was the longest vacancy at the top of the agency in its roughly six-decade history. Rubio said he feared that, if Bridenstine were not confirmed, a new nominee might not be confirmed until early next year.

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The confirmation comes after NASA went without a permanent leader for 15 months.

Democratic members expressed their continued opposition to Bridenstine prior to the vote.

"It is an honor to be nominated to serve our nation as NASA Administrator".

Lightfoot welcomed Bridenstine to NASA, saying in a statement Thursday that he joins at a time when the space agency is "poised to accomplish historic milestones". "I have no doubt that the nominee is passionate about our space program and I don't doubt his motivation or his intentions".

"It is an honour to be confirmed by the US Senate to serve as NASA Administrator", said Bridenstine.

"I am humbled by this opportunity, ".

But when NASA's acting administrator, longtime civil servant Robert Lightfoot, announced that he'd be retiring at the end of this month, Rubio said leaving the space agency without a confirmed leader would be worse.

But while Trump (who received neither a majority nor a plurality of votes in his 2016 campaign, but won thanks to the Electoral College) did indeed get millions of votes, his predecessor Barack Obama did as well (actually winning more popular votes in 2012 than Trump's 2016 total, as well as a popular majority).

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