Congress Gives NASA $3 Million to Learn How to Lobby Congress

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An Arizona conservative congressman is shining light on how President Barack Obama is using $3 million of taxpayer money to teach National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officials how to lobby Congress.

In the first of a series of efforts targeting wasteful government spending, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) wrote to House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) last week to pressure him to include language banning the Obama administration from spending money on the program. The program, highlighted by outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) in his 2013 annual “Wastebook,” operates through Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute.

“NASA searches for intelligent life… in Congress,” Coburn wrote in a press release about the program’s inclusion in his Wastebook in 2013. “One of NASA’s next research missions won’t be exploring an alien planet or distant galaxy. Instead, the space agency is spending $3 million to go to Washington, D.C. and study one of the greatest mysteries in the universe—how Congress works.”

Specifically, the taxpayer money is spent on GAI at Georgetown—$3 million worth from 2012 through 2017—aimed at teaching NASA personnel how Congress works.



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