The above is a video posted by the account of Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), dated June 29th but largely ignored until last night, when the congressman tweeted the link to it to a couple of people:
— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) July 20, 2012
In the video Rep. Polis inteviews a couple of his colleagues, Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) about supporting efforts to reverse proposed cuts in NASA’s planetary sciences program in the administration’s FY13 budget. The video was apparently produced in response to letters collected during a “planetary science shoe shine” last month in Boulder, Colorado, part of a broader effort by planetary scientists (primarily using car washes and bake sales) to win attention to the funding threat those programs are facing.
The video is not high quality (“I’m a better Congressman than videographer,” he tweeted), but Polis gets a few brief comments from Wolf and Schiff. Wolf, who chairs the appropriations subcommittee whose oversight includes NASA, notes that “we have saved Mars, we saved Europa, we saved the planetary program” by adding some funding to the program in the House version of the FY13 appropriations bill. Schiff, who serves on the same subcommittee, thanks those who signed letters in support of the planetary program, saying “it was so helpful yo have your voices heard” on this issue.