Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement today in response to President Obamas speech on the future of NASA:

No matter what kind of political spin the White House puts on this, without the Constellation project our space program will be left hitch-hiking on the side of the road with their thumbs out. Upon hearing the news, Russia has already jacked up their taxi fare to space and the price is only going to get higher.

NASA is Americas legacy Houstons legacy. The Johnson Space Center (JSC) is at the very heart of the space program and todays announcement will have a devastating impact on its future. We cannot allow JSC to be scrapped because of political paybacks for other states.

We are the best at what we do. We should never concede our leadership.