WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Wednesday issued the following statement regarding the markup of S. 1317, NASA Authorization Act of 2013 in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation:

Im disappointed that Democrats on the Commerce Committee have chosen to ignore the fiscal realities that we live in today. Its vital we continue to expand our capabilities for space exploration, and NASA has made admirable progress opening up space activity to the private sector. But the Senate must abide by Budget Control Act limitations, and it must not sacrifice funding for NASAs core mission of space exploration to continue expanding climate change funding.