Tulsa World - - Politics Extra - — Randy Kre­hbiel, Tulsa World

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.

Trump ad­vi­sor:

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.

Bud­get bill:

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.


U.S. Sen. Jim In­hofe called North Korean leader Kim Jongun a “ma­ni­a­cal dic­ta­tor” and said the U.S. must “be clear that all op­tions are on the ta­ble” in deal­ing with him ... U.S. Sen. James Lank­ford joined Repub­li­can law­mak­ers call­ing for sanc­tions against Cuba after at least 21 State Depart­ment em­ploy­ees in Ha­vana re­ported un­ex­plained neu­ro­log­i­cal mal­adies

... Lank­ford re­ceived the Faith and Free­dom Award from the Na­tional Re­li­gious Broad­cast­ers ... Lank­ford dis­missed Demo­crat' sin­gle-payer health in­sur­ance pro­posal. “It's not go­ing to pass,” he told Vox. “Clearly they are just build­ing mo­men­tum for when they get the White House back, when they get the House and Se­nate back” ... In­hofe an­nounced Still­wa­ter Re­gional Air­port is get­ting a $4.5 mil­lion Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion grant that will al­low it to com­plete a taxi­way pro­ject needed to main­tain its daily Amer­i­can Air­lines ser­vice ... A del­e­ga­tion from the State Cham­ber of Com­merce was in Wash­ing­ton last week ... Cole told The Hill he thinks an im­mi­gra­tion bill sim­i­lar to the Dream Act but with bor­der se­cu­rity el­e­ments could pass the Repub­li­can-con­trolled House ... For­mer U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn has en­dorsed Roy Moore in the Alabama U.S. Se­nate race. The con­tro­ver­sial for­mer Alabama Supreme Court chief jus­tice twice re­moved from the bench over civil rights is­sues.

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