Congresswoman Withdraws Proposal to Consider Closing Marshall Space Flight Center

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The ranking Democrat on the Space Subcommittee has withdrawn her amendment that would have created a committee to review Marshall Space Flight Center operations and possibly consolidate operations with other space centers.

The proposal was from U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland).  She introduced the proposal just after 3:30 p.m. and then announced she was withdrawing it.  The decision was met with no opposition from the Republican-dominated subcommittee.

"Marshall and its workforce have provided great value to our nation. I think we have an obligation to examine all of the options and to put them on the table," Rep. Edwards said.  "But not studying these options, I think would be a dereliction of our duties to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars. I look forward to continued debate, although I will say that in consideration of my colleagues, I would choose perhaps to withdraw the amendment, and I would do that because I believe in the multi-mission function of NASA in all of its centers and all of its agencies. I believe in the science mission of this nation, I believe in the space mission of this nation as a leader internationally. I just don't think it can be accomplished within the budget that's been outlined by the majority."

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) is also on the subcommittee, and opposed the amendment.

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