2018 Scorecard Vote
The Senate considered President Trump’s nomination of Representative Jim Bridenstine for administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Bridenstine’s extreme views of NASA’s mission, his voting record, his many scientifically inaccurate statements, and his lack of qualifications make him an unacceptable choice for NASA administrator. His voting record is at odds with NASA’s mission and shows a history of opposition to science-based environmental standards and support for weakening agencies’ use of science in decision-making. As recently as 2016, Bridenstine sought to change the mission of NASA by authoring legislation that essentially stripped out Earth Science and Earth Observing Missions. Scientists, researchers, and individuals across the country rely on this data and the continuity of its collection to understand, forecast, and respond to changes in land use, pollutant emissions, atmospheric chemistry, weather and climate, and other phenomena. On April 19, the Senate confirmed Bridenstine to be administrator of NASA by a vote of 50-49 (Senate roll call vote 80). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.