Approps Changes Continue in Congress

Shelby at helm of key NASA panel, Huntsville Times

"Alabama's senior senator in Washington has taken the reins of a key NASA spending committee. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, has been named the chairman of the newly formed Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee."

Senate appropriations reorganization could come this week, Government Executive

"The C-J-S panel would absorb science agencies from the old VA-HUD bill, including NASA. Shelby, an ardent NASA supporter, would be a natural ally of likely Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., in preserving increases for the space program. Both have major NASA facilities in their states, as does House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who was a driving force behind the appropriations reorganization process in the House."

Approps Reshuffle Is Good for U.S. in Space and Science, OpEd, Robert Walker, Roll Call (subscription required)

"In a recent Roll Call Guest Observer Scott Lilly made a wonderful case for institutional geriatrics in the House appropriations process (Jan. 27, "Does Rearranging Appropriations Panels Make Sense?"). His argument, essentially, was that old is better than new. The essence of the piece was an attack on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) for supporting both space exploration and modernization of the House. In particular, Lilly's argument suggested that the nation is on the wrong track with the "Vision for Space Exploration," which lays out a "go as you pay" stepping-stone approach to future human and robotic space exploration. Lilly related how this contention fared when laid at the feet of 35 local graduate students. One has to question a group of graduate students who reject human destiny in our universe. But, more importantly, they are dead wrong when it comes to public support for the Vision for Space Exploration. Indeed, a recent Gallup poll found that 68 percent of those surveyed supported the Vision's plan, including a majority of both Republicans (79 percent) and Democrats (60 percent)."

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