"S. 3729 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010 (Sen. Rockefeller - Science and Technology)"
Current floor proceedings (live updates)
Keith's note: formal vote under way at 11:35 pm EDT. 289 yea votes recorded - the bill passes no matter what.
Keith's note: 9:46 pm EDT the House just passed S. 3729 on a voice vote. Rep. Giffords wants a paper vote.
Keith's note: 9:03 pm EDT the House just began debate on S. 3729
"We are on the verge of an historic vote in the House of Representatives on a comprehensive NASA authorization bill that is expected to chart the future course of human space flight for years to come. I am hopeful that S. 3729 -- the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010-- will receive strong support in the House and be sent onto the President for his signature."
LaTourette, Kucinich come out against Senate's version of NASA budget bill, Crain's Cleveland Business
"The letter circulated by Reps. LaTourette and Kucinich says Senate Bill 3729 will result in job losses at NASA Glenn, and that it puts too much faith in the ability of private companies to develop in a timely fashion a rocket that can reach low Earth orbit. It also notes that the Senate bill does too little to support aeronautics and space technology research, areas in which NASA Glenn specializes."
The Battle for the Frontier -- A Historic Moment, Rick Tumlinson, Huffington Post
"Those trying to keep the old pork flowing thought they could just roll over the president and NASA's new leaders on this and gut his program, keeping the money flowing to companies and space centers long known for their failures to launch. They were totally surprised when in the last few months a strong, and very vocal group of citizens stood up to their scam and has fought them to a near standstill in the name of opening the frontier, stopping the House's juggernaut in its tracks."
"We truly, truly believe that the time has come for us to have some clarifying direction," NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said during a House aerospace caucus luncheon here Sept. 29, asserting the Senate measure, S. 3729, incorporates "the very best parts of the administration's proposals," including a top-line spending authorization of $19 billion in 2011, a call to increase funding for aeronautics and science, extending the international space station through at least 2020 and a sustained program of exploration beyond low Earth orbit. "We encourage all of you to support a bold and vibrant future for NASA by supporting the authorization bill."