Ted Cruz has drawn both criticism and support in recent weeks for his declaration that NASA should be focused on the tangible goals of space exploration rather than their recent endeavors into earth science and climate change. Some see his arguments as longing for the inspirational spirit of NASA’s classic Apollo missions, but others see them as petty partisan tactics. If he were simply a vocal senator, it would not matter all that much, but given that he leads the Senate subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, his opinion is crucial. Subcommittees have the ability to dictate policy in congress by killing bills before they reach the floor. If NASA is to continue to provide key research on climate change, it will have to do so in spite of Cruz.