The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has announced subcommittee assignments for the committee’s Republican members. A freshman member, Congressman Scott Rigell (R-Va.) was assigned to the space and aeronautics subcommittee. The subcommittee will be chaired by freshman Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS).
In addition, Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) represents the district that includes Maryland’s Eastern Shore, just north of Wallops Island, Va. Many of his constituents work at the commercial space launch and civil research facility aligned with NASA Goddard.
The Hampton, Va. Daily Press ran an editorial on Congressman Scott Rigell’s assignment House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
The ‘Wallops Island’ influence is growing in the new Congress with the two new members on the House science committee, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) chairing the Senate NASA appropriations subcommittee, Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) chairing the House NASA appropriations subcommittee, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) on the Senate commerce subcommittee on spaceflight and Congressman Eric Cantor holding the Majority Leader post in the House.