PRESS RELEASE: Tea Party praises Congressional Complaint to GAO Against NASA’s new $32 Billion Space Launch System
September 26, 2011 —– For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Gasser
TEA Party in Space President and National Coordinator, TEA Party in Space
(Roseville CA) — Tea Party in Space (TPIS), a non-partisan organization, today strongly endorsed U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock’s letter asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate NASA’s plans to issue $32 Billion in “no bid” contracts for the Space Launch System.
“Last year several Senators demanded a multi-billion earmark for a heavy lift rocket that NASA clearly can’t afford. Now NASA has capitulated, and has announced plans to heavily modify existing contracts for a failed rocket, to award billions without any competition,” said TPIS President Andrew Gasser. “The GAO should stop this anti-competitive plan before it goes any further.”
TPIS and its fellow Tea Party organizations called on the GAO to issue a “stay” halting any SLS-related contract extensions or modifications while it fully investigates whether NASA’s SLS plans violated the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA).
“This SLS bailout earmark is Solyndra on steroids. Every thoughtful member of Congress should join Congressman McClintock in challenging the spending of $32 billion in taxpayer funds without free and open competition,” declared Gasser. “Only brave actions like this will protect us from the evils of crony capitalism that is running rampant in Washington. NASA’s SLS strategy abandons everything that defines America’s system of government: fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets.
A copy of Congressman McClintock’s letter, along with a legal white paper, can be found at the TEA Party in Space website under the GAO tab.
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