Udall meets with NASA to try to save Colo. jobs. | VailDaily.com

Udall meets with NASA to try to save Colo. jobs.

DENVER – Colorado stands to lose thousands of jobs because of proposed budget changes at NASA.

Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet with NASA’s administrator on Monday to try to stop the space agency from ending its Orion program at Lockheed Martin in Jefferson County. Gov. Bill Ritter also wrote to President Barack Obama urging him to reverse course.

Udall and Bennet say the cut would lead directly to the loss of 1,000 jobs and indirectly cost the state thousands of other jobs.

Rep. Mike Coffman says representatives from Colorado have been working with their counterparts from other states to save the overall Constellation space program. But he says they just learned that Florida officials are trying to win jobs for their state, a move he fears will break up the congressional coalition.

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