While the Johnson Space Center (JSC) had the most employees excepted from furlough of any NASA center, most NASA employees there still have been furloughed: about 95%, according to a memo detailing NASA’s shutdown plans issued in late September. Nonetheless, the congressman whose district includes the center claims that most JSC employees that have contacted his office support the shutdown that, for the time being, leaves them out of work and without pay.
“Our calls from JSC employees tjhis [sic] week are about nine to one in favor of standing strong against Obama’s budget,” said Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) in a release issued Monday by his office. (The release contained several typos, perhaps the result of furloughs of the congressman’s own staff.) “With a wife who is a JSC employee I know better than most how important full NASA funding is and how many hits JSC employee [sic] have taken under Obama.”
Most of the release details Stockman’s desire to “fully restore” NASA funding, particularly for JSC-related programs. “We get more return on NASA than nearly any other agency and we need expand out investment in it,” Stockman said in the statement. That includes “working to overturn Obama’s closure of JSC’s arc-jet facility, restore manned space flight, increase NASA’s budget, extend use of the International Space Station to at least 2028, restore Mars missions and expand planetary probes,” according to the statement. He does not detail how much these efforts would cost, or how he would pay for them.