First District Congressman Rob Bishop, R-UT, has decried President Barack Obama’s plans to cancel the Ares rocket and NASA’s human space flight program, noting that billions of taxpayer dollars will be wasted terminating a highly proven and successful Ares rocket program, with billions more being dumped into unproven start-up efforts that are over five years away from being ready. “The President’s speech was heavy on rhetoric but light on details,” says Bishop in a press release. “By shutting the door on one of our country’s most valuable space and missile defense programs, we are wasting billions of taxpayer dollars, putting over 30,000 Americans out of work, and destroying an industrial base vital to the safety and security of this country. “Furthermore, President Obama has relinquished our position as the global leader in space and missile defense to Russia, China and India. This is not just about space, this decision also negatively impacts our military preparedness as well.” Alliant Techsysterms (ATK), the builder of the Space Shuttle solid rocket boosters, is the primary contractor for the Ares rocket. ATK employs over 5,000 Utahans and it is anticipated that over 2,000 of those employees will likely be affected by the president’s decision.
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