Bridenstine Nomination Hearing Set for Nov. 1

Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Nomination Hearing

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a nominations hearing at 10:00 a.m. on November, 2017, to consider four nominations subject to Senate confirmation.


– The Honorable James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
– Ms. Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
– Dr. Neil Jacobs, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Environmental Observation and Prediction
– Ms. Nazakhtar Nikakhtar of Maryland to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Industry and Analysis

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Full committee

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

Editor’s Note: You may find some of these nominations amusing. And by amusing, I mean utter appalling. In addition to global warming denier Bridenstine being in charge of NASA’s Earth science program, there’s also this little gem:

Dana Baiocco is a lawyer with a history of defending companies accused of unsafe and unethical business practices to be a commissioner of an organization charged with protecting consumers from said practices.

Now, you might think that, well, appointing her would be a good thing because she would know all the tricks companies use against consumers. Well, yes, you’d be right about that.

However, given the pro-business, anti-consumer thrust of the Trump Administration, you’d be wrong in assuming that Baiocco was nominated because she would use that knowledge to protect consumers. In all likelihood,

Hens, meet Ms. Fox. She’s now in charge of the hen house. Well, I’ll leave you to get acquainted. I’ve got a teleconference with our new financial adviser, Bernie Madoff.