Funding NASA will boost economy, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, Orlando Sentinel
"Last week, details of the economic recovery package were made public. The initial plan calls for $600 million for NASA's science and aeronautics programs, as well as funding to repair some of the damage caused by natural disasters in 2008. While I applaud this much-needed infusion of funds, I believe it does not go far enough, especially in light of funding shortfalls caused by flat budgets in recent years. That is why I sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House leadership urging an additional $2 billion in the economic stimulus for NASA's exploration systems and space operations. We would be remiss to leave out funding for human space exploration from this recovery package."