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when they smell blood in the water
Stolberg, New York Times, 3
(Sheryl Gay, 9-13-3, New York Times, “Democrats Find Some Traction On Capitol Hill”, p. A1, Lexis)
"A presidential speech, instead of boosting support, is followed by a seven-point drop and suddenly the
atmosphere changes," said Thomas Mann, a scholar at the Brookings Institution who follows Congress.
"Republicans, who have been reluctant to get off the reservation, now say, 'Wait just one minute.' And
Democrats have all the more reason to be unified." Ross K. Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers
University, agreed. "Any sign of weakness out of the White House is going to be perceived by the
president's allies in Congress as an opportunity to act a little bit more like free spirits, and on the part
of the opposition to be more aggressive," Professor Baker said. "It's the blood-in-the-water syndrome ." Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Link Booster – Senate Commerce Committee
Senate Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over NOAA, NASA, NIST, and NSF
Senate Commerce Committee Press Release, 4-27-11
[Congressional Documents and Publications, “COMMERCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES HEARING TO
REVIEW AMERICA'S NATURAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANS”, Lexis]
The Senate Commerce Committee has unique jurisdiction over U.S. government agencies, such as the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, the National Institute of Standards and
Technology, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Coast Guard, whose programs aid in natural
disaster research, preparedness, detection, and response. The hearing will address needed improvements
to our national natural disaster preparedness and response plans as well as investigate how Congress can
better serve these agencies' needs to ultimately protect American lives. In this way, Congress can help ensure
that the current response is an appropriate one and that we are doing everything possible to prepare for the
next natural disaster. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Link Booster – Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on
Commerce, Justice & Science & Related Agencies
NASA falls under jurisdiction of Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce,
Justice, and Science and Related Agencies
Senator Brown, D-OH, 4-11-11
[Sherrod, Federal News Service, “HEARING OF THE COMMERCE, JUSTICE AND SCIENCE AND RELATED
AGENCIES SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS; SUBJECT: FISCAL
YEAR 2012 BUDGET REQUEST FOR NASA;” Lexis]
SENATOR SHERROD BROWN (D-OH): I'll say only for 30 seconds. But, first of all, thank you for
welcoming me to this subcommittee. And -- and all of the jurisdictions and the NASA jurisdiction is
particularly important to me.
I appreciate General Bolden's coming to Cleveland, to Glenn, a number of times and speaking at the
City Club and laying out a NASA vision.
I also am concerned, as I know we all are, at what the NASA budget may look like in the months ahead
with H.R. 1, with the new...
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