Budget: June 2005 Archives

Editor's note: H.R. 3070, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2005 was introduced in the House today.The House Science Committee Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics will mark up the bill on Wednesday.

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Approps Update

NASA Excerpts from Senate Report 109-088: Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2006

"The Committee is concerned that NASA will neglect areas that will only tangentially benefit from, or that do not fit within, the proposed vision. Within the fiscal year 2006 budget request, programs and infrastructure are proposed to be deferred or cancelled in such areas. These programs appear to be the sacrifices for the near-term budgetary resources needed to facilitate the implementation of the Moon/Mars vision."

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Reports FY 2006 CJS Spending Bill (Science Excerpt)

"$16.4 billion for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): $200.0 million above the FY05 level and $60.0 million below the request."

Mikulski Includes $250 Million for Hubble in Federal Spending Bill

"Senator Barbara A. Mikulski announced today that the Senate version of the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill includes $250 million for a Hubble servicing mission. Assuming that the shuttle safely returns to flight and that the NASA Administrator concludes that a shuttle mission is safe, this ensures that there is money in the federal checkbook for a Hubble servicing mission."

Editor's update: I got the following from Tom Finnigan at CAGW in response to my earlier post "Pulling Facts Out Of Thin Air" which dealt with CAGW's press release "Moon, Mars Missions Not a Priority for Taxpayers":

"CAGW considers $1 trillion a reasonable educated guess for the total cost of the initiative in light of: the absence of an official cost estimate"

How anyone can seriously consider a complaint about costs from an organization who openly admits that they just guess - and then bases a press rant release on that guess - utterly escapes me. Alas, read the whole response and you'll see that they are not at all bothered by guessing - even if they then try and hold NASA to a strict accounting of every penny spent. They also have a lot of other political agendas which they decide to air (while they have your attention) as well.

People Vs Buildings

NASA budget skips Marshall complex, Huntsville Times

"NASA did not seek money for the second building of a new three-building complex that will consolidate research and office space located at sites across Marshall. The first building, located at Martin and Rideout roads, is almost complete and should be ready for use later this year. "Last year NASA made a commitment to build this facility," said [Rep. Bud] Cramer, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the NASA funding subcommittee. "Marshall's engineers need this building and they deserve this building."

Editor's note: C'mon, Bud. Think big picture: I wonder how many EXISTING JOBS can be saved with the money that would otherwise be spent on this NEW BUILDING? The bricks and mortar can wait. Its not as if people did not - and do not - already have a place to sit and work at MSFC.

A note from someone@huntsville.al "Keith, It's not just an engineering complex that is being pushed for at Marshall it's a redesign of the entire place. There's a plan to replace the 4200 office complex at MSFC with a "modern" set of buildings and rework the northern half of Marshall's green space so it feels more like a college campus.

Statement By NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on the House Floor Vote On NASA's FY 2006 Funding Bill

"I applaud the House of Representative's action today to support fully the President's priorities for NASA. The House of Representatives is now on record strongly supporting the Administration's request for the Vision for Space Exploration and of advancing important research in space science, Earth science and aeronautics.

Roll CallH.R. 2862

DeLay: NASA Funding Fulfills President's Space Vision; House Passes NASA Funding Bill by Vote of 418-7

Editor's note: Yesterday, after the Obey amendment to gut NASA exploration efforts (so as to restore funding for law enforcement) played out on the floor of the house, I noted: "So much for everyone's hopes that moving NASA from VA HUD to a new subcommittee would stop the NASA Vs veterans arguments. Now its NASA Vs. police." Jim Muncy has some thoughts on the topic:

House GOP Defends DeLay, Rejects NASA Cut, AP

"By a 230-196 vote, the House rejected an amendment by Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., to transfer $200 million from the space agency to two Clinton-era grant programs that President Bush wants to phase out."

'Space nut' DeLay advises group how to lobby NASA< Houston Chronicle

"The space community still needs every bit and every dollar of help it can get," said DeLay, long an ardent supporter of space exploration who now represents the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, thanks to the congressional redistricting effort of 2003."

Editor's note: H.R. 2862, "making appropriations for Science, the Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes" is being debated on the House floor.

Rep. Obey (D-WI) has introduced an amendment to cut $200 million from NASA's exploration budget. Rep. Calvert (R-CA), Rep. Weldon (R-FL), Rep. Wolf (R-VA) and others are fighting this effort. As part of this cut, Obey wants to cut $160 million would come from Project Prometheus to restore funds cut from law enforcement. Rep. Wolf read a letter from Mike Griffin with regard to Obey's amendment. In the letter, Griffin said that he "opposes" Obey's amendment and reiterated his support for fully funding the VSE.

Obey's Amendment failed by voice vote but a final, formal vote has been postponed.

So much for everyone's hopes that moving NASA from VA HUD to a new Subcommittee would stop the NASA Vs Veterans arguments. Now its NASA Vs. Police.

NASA Excerpts from House Report 109-118 Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2006

"The Committee is supportive of NASA's new vision and mission for space exploration and the recommendation includes funds for the Administration's priorities for these activities. The Committee is very concerned about the need to maintain the nation's leadership in science and technology. To this end, the Committee has not agreed to the Administration's proposed reductions to the aeronautics research program or science programs, and has fully restored aeronautics to the fiscal year 2005 level and partially restored the proposed reduction to science programs."

House Appropriations Committee Reports FY06 Science, State, Justice Appropriations Bill

"National Aeronautics and Space Administration is funded at $16.5 billion, $275 million above FY05 and $15 million above the request.Funds the President's vision for space exploration at $3.1 billion; restores the aeronautics research program to the enacted level of $906 million, and provides $40 million over the request to partially restore NASA's science programs. Provides full request for the Space Shuttle program.In coordination with the House Science Committee, language is included directing the President to develop a national aeronautics policy."

NASA: Earth and Space Sciences at Risk, AGU

"On 27 May 2005, the AGU Council adopted the position statement, "NASA: Earth and Space Sciences at Risk." The statement describes the impact of NASA's strategic plan, "A New Age of Exploration: NASA's Direction for 2005 and Beyond," on Earth and space science research at the agency. The cuts proposed to science programs at NASA in the Administration's Fiscal Year 2006 budget will severely affect our ability to understand natural hazards, map changes in Earth's surface, forecast space weather, understand Earth-Sun connections, and explore the solar system."

House Approriations Committee Meeting; FY 06 Budget

Editor's note: The full House Appropriations Committee markup several bills - including the FY 2006 Science, State, Justice, and Commerce Appropriations bill.


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