This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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 (WHNT) – The ranking Democrat on the Space Subcommittee has withdrawn her amendment that would have created a committee to review Marshall Space Flight Center operations and possibly consolidate operations with other space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

Earlier report: