Conservative Senator Gets Award for Keeping Federal Funds Flowing Into Houston

As newly emboldened Republicans make plans for major rollbacks of federal spending, one of their own is being honored for maintain the flow of federal dollars into conservative Texas.

Kay Bailey Hutchison is the recipient of the 2011 Quasar Award for helping to pass the NASA authorization bill — which saved thousands of federally funded jobs in Houston — and for ensuring other federal largess.

The Journal of Pearland reports:

In making the announcement, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell pointed out that “her ability to reach across the aisle, to facilitate a compromise, made the difference, not only in the outcome of the vote but additionally to the thousands of people whose lives would have been very different if the bill had not been passed.”

Mitchell also cited “her work and leadership on behalf of Ellington Airport is leading the way for the development of a Joint Reserve Base. The flourishing development at Ellington today places it in a much stronger position than in the past as future BRAC decisions are made.

“Senator Hutchison’s years of dedicated service to Texas and the nation have benefited all she has touched. For these reasons and more, she is truly deserving of the Quasar Award for 2011.”

For the uninitiated, BRAC stands for Base Realignment And Closure, a Pentagon effort to close down and consolidate military bases. Hutchison is working to make sure that cuts will be made in other states, not in Texas.

Not much else to say to Kay, except maybe:

Good luck trying to make sure your compromise NASA authorization bill survives the appropriations process. Should be a barrel of laughs dealing with the House. As for whether NASA will have a set of viable programs with enough funding to carry them out….that’s another question…

Either way, I’m sure Texas will do just fine…

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