For and against:
The Washington Post reports First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine seems to be picking up support for his nomination to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
A lot of the support is coming from the private sector, but some lawmakers are also going to bat for Bridenstine. Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat who serves on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, told the Washington Post that Bridenstine is “a no-nonsense, straight shooter when it comes to space exploration and weather issues.”
Perlmutter said he is willing to speak on Bridenstine's behalf to senators.
But Bridenstine is also under attack from an unexpected quarter — LGBTQ interests.
Gender orientation might not seem much of an issue in space exploration, but some advocates say Bridenstine is another “unqualified anti-LGBTQ blowhard” appointed by the Trump administration.
They cite Bridenstine's positions on same-sex marriage, the Boy Scouts' acceptance of gay members and adult leaders.
“It is critical for our country's continued success that NASA employees bring their best selves to work, and that can't happen when the head of an organization is known first and foremost for being anti-LGBTQ,” said Sarah Kate Ellis of the advocacy organization GLAAD.
Former state Rep. Shane Jett of Shawnee has been named to President Donald Trump's Community Development Board.
Jett, a Cherokee citizen, will represent tribal interests.
Oklahoma's House delegation was generally enthusiastic about the bill passed last week that rolled eight appropriations measures into the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act.
Combining the eight allowed Republican leadership to say the House has passed all 12 appropriations bills before Oct. 1 for the first time since 2006.
Four individual bills passed the House earlier.
In truth, observers say, Congress is a long way from completing budget work. The Senate is almost certain to reject some or all of the grandsounding bill.
But, said Fourth District Congressman Tom Cole, it does at least get the process headed in the right direction for coming years.
“I hope that this momentum will continue and carry over to future negotiations on funding our government,” Cole said.
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