Comments from Frank Sietzen on NASA Budget

"In the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning, a House-Senate conference committee reversed itself and agreed to fully fund $16.2 billion for NASA's FY05 budget. The conferees had been moving towards a $15.9 billion appropriations for the space agency. The final amount is exactly what President Bush had requested for NASA, and fully funds the space shuttle, space station resupply, and initial spending for the president's space exploration vision.

The action is a stunning victory for NASA chief Sean O'Keefe's legislative strategy, as detailed in my UPI stories throughout the summer. Furious last-minute maneuvering during the week, and the intercession of the Bush White House Office of Management and Budget as well as House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) helped push the budget talks over the top for NASA.

NASA sources tell me this morning that, as a result, it will be "full speed ahead" for the space plan, and the first RFP to build the new Constellation moonships will be released just after the Inauguration in late January."

  • submit to reddit


AAS Glenn Symposium July 10-12 in Cleveland
Global MilSatCom, November 5-7, 2019, London, UK
49th International Conference on Environmental Systems - ICES 2019

Join our mailing list

Commercialization: Monthly Archives

Monthly Archives

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Keith Cowing published on November 20, 2004 12:57 PM.

Swift is on its way was the previous entry in this blog.

H.R. 5382: House Passes, Senate Delays is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.