WASHINGTON, D.C. (WZDX) - A Maryland congressman has withdrawn an amendment that would have established a commission to consider closing Marshall Space Flight Center.
Thursday afternoon U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, announced during a meeting of the Committee on Space, Science and Technology that she was withdrawing her amendment.
The proposed amendment would have established a commission to investigate the cost of closing Marshall Space Flight Center and moving operations to Stennis and Johnson space centers.
Earlier today, U.S. Representative Mo Brooks issued a statement reacting to news of the proposed amendment.
"More and more Democrats in Washington prefer to spend America's limited tax dollars on welfare rather than programs like human space flight that both expand humanity's understanding of the universe and create technological advances that help everyone. I informed Congressman Edwards that cutting America's welfare programs by a mere 1 percent would free up an additional $7 billion/year in funding for NASA. I offered to help her in that regard. Unfortunately, she declined my offer of help," said Brooks.
Just before withdrawing the amendment, Edwards appeared to address Brooks directly.
"I'm not advocating any of these steps be taken. Marshall and its workforce provide great value to our nation. But rather, hampering NASA's future over misgivings about social welfare programs as this committee has no jurisdiction over, I think we have an obligation to examine all of the options and put them on the table. By not studying these options, it would be a dereliction of our duties to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars," said Edwards.
Edwards said pressure from colleagues on the subcommittee helped sway her to withdraw the amendment.