Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson took a swipe at Oklahoma Republican Representative James Bridenstine, NASA administrator nominee. This also isn’t the first time that he points out his disagreement. As a result, Senator Nelson called Bridenstine unqualified and partisan during a speech that took 16 minutes on the Senate Floor. He detailed that Bridenstine would be dangerous in overseeing NASA missions.Nelson cites previous missions that have ended in tragedy as his biggest reason why he doesn’t support the nomination, and he explained the incidents with the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.
Although Bridenstine is a former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium and a former U.S. Navy Pilot, Senator Nelson says this is simply not enough.
The sunshine state Senator detailed that “To make those decisions, the administrator must draw on all of his or her knowledge of engineering principals and of space flight, and all of his experience of managing large technological organizations, and every bit of judgment, reason and impartiality he or she can muster.”
He concluded that “leading NASA is for an experienced and proven space professional. The success or failure of leadership at NASA is quite literally a matter of life or death.”