Budget: December 2004 Archives

30 December 2004: Pentagon Said to Offer Cuts in the Billions, Washington post

"The proposed reductions, the details of which are still being fine-tuned and which would require Congressional approval, result from White House orders to all federal agencies to cut their spending requests for the 2006 fiscal year budgets, which will be submitted to lawmakers early next year."

It was too good to last

16 December 2004: Bush looking at freezing or slightly cutting domestic spending, AP

"The president is still making final decisions about the $2.5 trillion budget for 2006 he will propose in February." ... "Even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, an administration favorite, was facing an increase of just 1 percent, pending appeals to the White House by outgoing NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, a lobbyist said."

6 December 2004 Lost in space, OpEd, Daily Press

"Congress and NASA would better serve the nation by investing in aeronautics research like that conducted at Langley Research Center. What Americans really need is not to put a few astronauts on the moon, but to get millions of people from one city to another and to deal with the congestion choking airports. Aeronautics research yields tangible benefits - air travel that is safer, less expensive and more environmentally friendly. Yet NASA cut aeronautics funding in half between 1998 and 2003 and wants to cut still more."

VSE and the Hammer

6 December 2004: DeLay's Push Helps Deliver NASA Funds, Washington Post

"Without a separate vote or even a debate, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) has managed to deliver to a delighted NASA enough money to forge ahead on a plan that would reshape U.S. space policy for decades to come."

2 December 2004: Raising NASA's fiscal orbit, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The overall budget can be read as an unexpectedly strong congressional endorsement of Bush's goals of an outpost on the moon and manned exploration of Mars. To gain such an endorsement in a year when war and national security threats have dominated the headlines is remarkable, and it's heartening."

Surprise? What Surprise?

3 December 2004: Science Agencies Caught in Postelection Spending Squeeze, Science (Subscription required)

"The Administration's support for national security was never in doubt. But its commitment to the moon-Mars exploration vision that the president outlined last winter -- and ignored during the campaign -- was a surprising twist to the budget finale."

Editor's note: Gee, Andrew and Jeffrey, I guess you weren't following this story last July ...

26 July 2004: Bush stands by his space plan

"President George W. Bush's new space exploration plan has received a burst of hard-core support in Congress, aimed at blocking any attempt to cut its funding, and backed up by a rare veto threat from the president himself."

22 July 2004: Letter from OMB Director Bolten to Rep. Bill Young Concerning the FY 2005 VA/HUD Appropriations bill

"If the final version of this bill that is presented to the President does not include adequate funding levels for Presidential initiatives, his Senior Advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."


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