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2011 budget key to NASA ambitions

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The 2011 federal fiscal budget will determine how soon NASA can afford to send astronauts to the moon or Mars, space policy experts said.

Tennessee may hold key to House control

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A battle next year for control of Congress will be fought in a few key races, and some in Tennessee will be among the most important, political analysts say.
U.S. Rep. Gordon set to leave House

U.S. Rep. Gordon set to leave House

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., said Monday he is planning on retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of the year.

Analysis: Reps. want old FutureGen back

The Department of Energy's new plans for the FutureGen project -- a 5-year-old initiative to develop clean-coal technology -- look fishy, policymakers said Tuesday.
ROSALIE WESTENSKOW, UPI Correspondent

Analysis: Nuke waste import plan spurs ire

A commercial application to import low-level nuclear waste from Italy has sparked fears of more shipments from decommissioned nuclear power plants in Europe, but a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives March 13 would ban imports of foreign radioactive waste.
MEGAN HARRIS, UPI Correspondent

Bill would ban import of nuclear waste

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- A senior member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has introduced a bill that would prevent the importation of foreign-generated nuclear waste.

NASA releases airline safety report

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- NASA has released the results of a $11.5 million study of airline safety, but critics say the report is difficult for outsiders to analyze.

Utah governor welcomes foreign nuke waste

SALT LAKE CITY, Wyo., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said low-level nuclear waste from foreign countries can be disposed of in his state, as long as it meets regulations.

Analysis: Storing energy for a rainy day

THE DALLES, Ore., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- In the fight to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, both sides of the aisle seem to agree a few homegrown storage technologies could be key to winning the battle.
ROSALIE WESTENSKOW, UPI Correspondent

Lawmakers discuss IT offshoring

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Democrats on the House Science Committee said American science and technology jobs are being lost to workers overseas, but more research needs to be done to lea
RYAN HOLEYWELL

Space Watch: The engineering crisis redux

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A series by UPI examining the human exploration of space. This week: The turf war between engineers and scientists over government funding erupted again last week with the release of an interim National Research Council report criticizing NASA for canceli
ROBERT ZIMMERMAN

Space Watch: Turf war heating up

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A series by UPI on issues affecting the space programs of NASA and other countries. This week: Wednesday's House Science committee hearing on the future of the Hubble Space Telescope illustrated clearly how the battle for NASA money is about to reach cri
ROBERT ZIMMERMAN

Analysis: Shuttle safety rules Hubble fate

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- The National Academy of Sciences' preliminary review of the Hubble Space Telescope repair issue has placed the question of space shuttle safety squarely at the center of the ongoing debate about the instrument's future.
FRANK SIETZEN, United Press International

Paper: Doubts about Kerry linger

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- Democrats are concerned Sen. John F. Kerry's failure to connect with the electorate may depress voter turnout in the fall, The Washington Post said Monday.

Analysis: Doubts about Bush's space plan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- This week's hearing by the House Science committee on the Bush administration's proposed new direction for the U.S. space program left no doubt that doubts pervade Congress about the idea.
KEITH L. COWING, United Press International
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Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee Rep. Bart Gordon, R-TN, speaks during a House Science and Technology Committee hearing on 'National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at 50: Past Accomplishments and Future Opportunities and Challenges' on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 30, 2008. (UPI Photo/Patrick D. McDermott)
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Barton Jennings "Bart" Gordon, (born January 24, 1949) is a United States Representative from Tennessee, representing the state's 6th Congressional district (map). He is a Blue Dog Democrat. The district includes several rural areas and fast-growing suburbs east of Nashville. With the Democrats' victory in the 2006 midterm elections, Gordon has been named as chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology. Gordon announced on December 14, 2009 that he would not seek re-election in 2010 and will be retiring from the U.S. Congress at the end of the current term to seek other opportunities and spend more time with his family.

Gordon was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he has lived all of his life. He served in the United States Army Reserve in 1971 and 1972. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1971, earning a law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1973. He then entered private practice in Murfreesboro.

Active in Democratic politics early on, he was briefly executive director of the Tennessee Democratic Party in 1979 and state party chairman from 1981 to 1983. When 6th District Congressman Al Gore announced in 1983 that he would run for the United States Senate in 1984, Gordon stepped down as state party chairman to run for the seat. He initially faced a hard-fought race against the brother of the publisher of Nashville's former conservative newspaper, the Nashville Banner. However, he won handily in November 1984, riding Gore's coattails in the midst of Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in that year's presidential election. Gordon is regarded as a moderate. He has favored the repeal of the inheritance tax and the "marriage tax penalty".

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