GREENBELT, MD – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) participated in a town hall discussion with employees at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center this afternoon. Prior to the discussion, he met with Goddard Space Flight Center Director Christopher Scolese and received an update on the detrimental impact that short-term government funding has on the facility.
“More than 3,000 dedicated federal employees serve at NASA Goddard each day,” said Congressman Hoyer. “From designing and testing the James Webb Telescope to developing new technologies in the Satellite Serving Lab, they work on critical missions. Yet time and time again, the pay and benefits of these hardworking civil servants is put in jeopardy by Republicans in Congress. Our federal civilian workforce deserves better than this.”
“NASA Goddard is an outstanding facility, and the work done here helps us better understand the world around us,” continued Congressman Hoyer. “I want to thank Director Scolese for his leadership at NASA Goddard, and for the work his team is doing to advocate for the facility. NASA Goddard has a proven track record of innovation and is one of the world’s leaders in science and technology. I appreciated the opportunity to speak directly with the hardworking men and women of this facility, and I will continue to work to prevent the further undermining of our federal workforce.”