I am pleased that Administrator O’Keefe is settling in at NASA and is getting acquainted with its world-class capabilities. I want to reaffirm my commitment to
work with him to build a strong space program. Having said that, we have to remember that there have been numerous NASA strategies and mission
statements over the years. If goals are to be more than words, we have to provide the resources and commitment needed to realize them. The best way
the Administrator could demonstrate his commitment to “science-driven missions” would be to complete the International Space Station – restoring the crew
size and research capabilities that successive Congresses and Administrations have supported. Such a step would also keep faith with our international
allies and provide a vision that will inspire our young people.