– Speaks about his role as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee which has jurisdiction over programs at NASA.
– This administration, as seen through its pattern of cutting NASA funding over the years doesn’t “consider space exploration the priority that a lot of the American people do.”
– “In the next 2 years we are going to see the advent of space tourism, where people can buy seats on a space aircraft and into low earth orbit 62 miles up and see the curvature of the earth and be weightless.”
– “There may be other earths’ out there that harbor some sort of life.”
About Lamar Smith
Congressman Lamar Smith is the U.S. Representative (Republican) for Texas’s 21st congressional district (San Antonio and Austin) since 1987. In 1980, Smith was elected to the Texas House of Representatives representing Bexar County, the 57th District. He serves as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Committee oversees agency budgets of $39 billion, where the primary focus is on research and development. Congressman Smith continues to serve on both the Judiciary Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.
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