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Vote Explanation

Floor Speech

Date: April 28, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Science

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Ms. KLOBUCHAR. Mr. President, I was unable to cast a vote on the
nomination of Dr. Dava Newman to be the Deputy Administrator of the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I missed the vote
yesterday because I was meeting with turkey growers in Minnesota who
are struggling with the avian influenza outbreak, and I attended the
funeral services for my long-time friend, colleague and mentor, John
Mooty. My vote would not have changed the outcome and had I been
present I would have voted in support of Dr. Newman's nomination.

The work being done at NASA pushes the boundaries of innovation,
science, and exploration, and it is critical we have strong leaders
like Dr. Newman in place to lead those initiatives. Dr. Newman is well
known for her cutting-edge work in developing the next generation of
space suits. As a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and
engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr.
Newman will bring a strong academic, research, and technical background
to this position. As a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and
Transportation Committee, I supported Dr. Newman's nomination when it
was considered by the committee earlier this year. I am pleased that
Dr. Newman was confirmed by the Senate to be the Deputy Administrator
of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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