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House Proceeding 03-10-10 on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 4:34:10 to 4:40:39
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Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:34:09 to 4:34:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: and if my colleague from texas -- 18th congressional district of texas. thank you for coming out. ms. jackson lee: thank you very much, congressman ole son and to the colleagues who joined you and recognize the importance of

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:34:10 to 4:40:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sheila Jackson-Lee

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:34:32 to 4:34:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: this hour, albeit how late it might be to really emphasize the uniqueness of america's space program and the uniqueness of, if you will, the human space exploration. as i was listening to the

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:34:55 to 4:35:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: debate, i was very much convinced that we do have an opportunity to save this valuable asset. i think we know that the nasa budget ack actual actualy, as i understand it, has seen an increase in 201. and that's a good thing that the

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:35:17 to 4:35:39( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: budget itself has increased. but we know that the program that deals with exploration to the mon and mars has suffered a blow. so i would say that we have an easy fix, a prer reprogramming of the monies to allow for a program that has now had

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:35:40 to 4:36:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: sufficient start to be able to redesign itself, to be able to focus on what's important about human space exploration, but the main thg is to save it, because when we save it, we not only save jobs of today, johnson, huntsville,

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:36:01 to 4:36:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: mississippi, florida and places around the nation, but we save the jobs for 2020, 2030, 2040 and beyond. i think it's imortant for our colleagues to know that we built the space station. i was on the science committee. that space station is barely a decade old.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:36:23 to 4:36:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: it is a decade-plus. we put it together piece by piece and while our friends, the russians, were delayed. they had bad economic times, we moved on. the spacestation is the size of a football field. and the necessity of human space explorion is to be able to

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:36:44 to 4:37:08( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: attend to that space sation, which has the pssibilities of massive research that creates jobs. let me thank my friends on the floor and congressman ol son and thank you for your leadership. we have joined you for signing onto the legislation h. res.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:37:09 to 4:37:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: 1150, which establishes or, if you will, determines that nasa is a national security asset and it is, because involved in nasa are many of our military science and technology not yet discussed

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:37:30 to 4:37:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: or discovered. and so i would rise today to support the moving forward on the constellation program, but also working with this administration. i think we all know that we have a leader at nasa who knows houston, for example, but also knows the human space

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:37:52 to 4:38:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: exploration program, general bottleden was an astronaut and a marine and that's good news. that is a voice that can be part of this discussion. i don't take the initial budget by the president as a budget that would or a statement that

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:38:13 to 4:38:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: human space explorati is not good. and think it is importt tonight to take a stand for our continued effort and energy in working to bring about the right kind of response between the congress and the administration, a budget that is right there in the president's budget, one that

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:38:35 to 4:38:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: can be reprogrammed, reformed, enhanced, if you wil, to emphasize the importance of saving this space exploration, this constellation program. . let me say this, scientists will probably have different perspective, but i don't think

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:38:56 to 4:39:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: anyone can have a different perspective on the pushing of the human capacity and what it brings about in terms of our own enhancement, both in terms of the knowledge we gain and i remember when we were trying to gain votes for congressman olson we would say things which are really true, the research

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:39:18 to 4:39:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: on the space station had to do with heart disea, cancer, h.i.v., aids, and those stoveries are -- those discoveries are saving lives and also creating jobs. i want to continue to raise the question, i want to put on the record that the potential of bs lost at johnson space

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:39:39 to 4:40:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: center would be anywhere from 4,000 to 7,000 high tech jobs and each day jobs are being created more and more and then of course the idea of the national security information classified, climatic, as i said, the weather research

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:40:01 to 4:40:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: that's being done and the need, i think, most of all, of, let me not say most of all, because we stand on our own merit here in the united states, we are inventor, we are world leaders, but there are other countries that have looked to our leadership, russia, india, china, all competing, to be part of space exploration.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

4:40:23 to 4:40:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: let me close and yield back to you by saying this, i want to see business involvement in this industry. but i believe it is important for nasa to, in essence, be part of the government and for

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