"For this community, Johnson is almost our child. Houston has grown up with Nasa Johnson, it has matured with NASA Johnson."
But today the future of human space flight and Houston's facility are uncertain.
President Obama is expected to define the way forward for the space program—particularly human space flight.
A commission concluded that without up to $3 billion more per year, the U-S won't be able to send anyone into orbit for another 15 or 20 years after the shuttle is retired this year.
Jackson-Lee says Johnson says she's gearing up with the NASA action team and the Houston delegation.
"We will once the president's budget comes out, we will engage even more vigorously. The key is—don't cut jobs, don't cut scientific research."
The president will release his budget February 1st.