The vote became a party line demonstration of Democrat protest. It was delayed by more than 8 months. In the end, the resignation of the acting administrator, pressed the case and moved two Republican holdouts, (Rubio & Flake) to call for the Bridenstine approval.
The Oklahoma congressional delegation put aside past strife and got behind Congressman Bridenstine's appointment. Senator Inhofe took to the floor prior to the vote and lauded Bridenstine for his many career accomplishments and strong conservative advocacy.
After the roll was closed and the presiding officer declared the approval, the Bridenstine press statement was published.
"I am humbled by this opportunity, and I once again thank President Donald Trump and
Vice President Mike Pence for their confidence,"
Bridenstine said in a statement.
"I look forward to working with the outstanding team at NASA to achieve the president's vision
for American leadership in space.”
The 1st District Oklahoma Congressional seat will remain empty until the November election is certified. Until then the House Clerk will manage the district office and constituent services will remain available to the citizens.
Brian O'Hara, a member of the District office staff said that Gabe Sherman & Matt Rydin plan to join Bridenstine's NASA team in the weeks to come. O'Hara indicated he will remain with the district office and remain an Oklahoma resident.
Democrat senators protested Bridenstine's nomination for causes such as;