Shelby lashes out at White House space committee
Republican Senator Richard Shelby launched a preemptive strike on President Barack Obama’s blue ribbon space panel the day before it was due to release its final report, calling the committeeâ€™s findings â€œworthless.â€
Shelby, a staunch defender of NASAâ€™s Marshal Space Flight Center In Huntsville, Ala., said in a Senate floor speech that the committee failed to consider safety when it ranked various rocket options for the White House to consider.
â€œWithout an honest and thorough examination of the safety and reliability aspects of the various designs and options for manned space flight, the findings of this report are worthless,â€ said Shelby.
The speech sets the stage of what is expected to be a fierce fight between some members of Congress and the White House over the future of human space exploration.
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