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Crist, Florida delegation work space issue in DC




WASHINGTON — Declaring "we're all united on space," Gov. Charlie Crist met with Florida lawmakers Tuesday in an attempt to turn back proposed landmark changes to NASA's mission in the state.

"All of us are deeply concerned about what the administration is doing," Crist said, referring to President Barack Obama's plan to cancel the Constellation program that was to replace space shuttle missions and return astronauts to the moon.

The congressional delegation hopes to change Obama's direction as he arrives in Florida April 15 for a summit on the issue, and one lawmaker hinted at possible concessions.

"I'm very optimistic about his visit," said Sen. Bill Nelson, who met with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Nelson, who is pushing for continued funding of a heavy-lift space vehicle, refused to elaborate.

Despite the appearance of a full-throated campaign, the day was short on specifics. (full story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:29pm]


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