Editorial: Bridenstine needs a NASA vote

The nomination of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, to be chief administrator of the National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA) should have been confirmed in 2017.

It wasn’t.

His nomination cleared a Senate committee and should have gone to a floor vote, where a Republican majority surely would have confirmed him.

Democrats are to blame.

Since President Donald Trump took office, Democrats in the U.S. Senate have used every trick in the book to delay votes on every Trump nomination. After eight years of crying fake tears about “GOP obstructionism,” the Democrats are doing exactly what they falsely claimed the Republicans were doing.

Bridenstine, to his credit, has deferred voting in the House until the matter is settled. When he first ran six years ago, he pledged to only serve three terms (six years) in the House and he will not run again in 2018.

When Trump first made the nomination, Bridenstine should have gotten a floor vote and then voters in the First District could have selected a replacement who would now be in office.

Instead, because of Democrat obstructionism, the First District will be under represented until after the regular November vote. The only silver lining is that the state election board is spared the cost of a special election.

Bridenstine’s vote should come quickly and he should be confirmed. As a veteran Navy combat pilot and an experienced lawmaker, Bridenstine is uniquely qualified to head NASA. He will do what’s best for that agency and what is best for America.

In the meantime, the public should be aware that the Democrats are the ones slowing down the federal government. But don’t count that truth being communicated by the liberal news media, who overtly hate Trump and try to stop him at every turn.