Budget: February 2006 Archives

At NASA, smart money takes on new meaning, Daily Press

"Q: There has been a fear expressed by some that science is going to take a back seat to space exploration at budget time. With the proposed Bush administration budget, is that fear being realized?

A: [Lelia Vann] Not really. We (the agency) were only cut to 1.5 percent (an increase in President Bush's 2007 budget), and that's not bad considering everything. I don't blame it on exploration. If you look at it, we've got our own problems in keeping costs down. ... We realize the agency has to have exploration dollars."

Editor's note: Gee, Lelia, you're certainly not paying much attention to the logic of what you are saying. First you say "I don't blame it on exploration" - which is followed by "We realize the agency has to have exploration dollars". Don't you see the contradiction in your own words? And why blame science for these cuts? Mike Griffin hasn't. Indeed, he has openly admitted that he had to take science dollars to pay for exploration.

Editor's note: In House Science Committee hearings, Mike Griffin just cited a Gallup poll and the results they got when asking people about NASA's budget. Several days after the budget rollout, Mike Griffin addressed the National Space Club in Washington. He noted that:

Opening Statement by Rep. Sherwood Boehlert

"I am extremely uneasy about this budget, and I am in a quandary at this point about what to do about it. This budget is bad for space science, worse for earth science, perhaps worse still for aeronautics. It basically cuts or deemphasizes every forward looking, truly futuristic program of the agency to fund operational and development programs to enable us to do what we are already doing or have done before."

Opening Statement by Rep. Ken Calvert

"... this leaves us with the Fiscal Year 2007 budget request for NASA. The Agency did receive a 3.2% increase over the FY 2006 -- or a 1.5% increase when including Katrina funding in Fiscal Year 2006 -- it is not enough to fully fund all the sectors of the Agency as everyone on this dais would like to see them budgeted."

Opening Statement by Rep. Bart Gordon

"... the simple fact is that in the two years since the exploration initiative was announced, the Administration has never sent a budget request to Congress equal to what it said NASA would need to carry out the exploration initiative and NASA's other programs."

Opening Statement by Rep. Mark Udall

"The "not-so-good" news is that this budget request contains cuts and cancellations that will do real damage both in the near term and for years to come."

ELMS White Paper: Comment and Endorsement of the NRC "Review of NASA Plans for the International Space Station" (entered into the record at the request of Rep. Udall)

"We agree with the NRC that NASA is prematurely abandoning the ISS and that these decisions add significant risk to the Exploration Vision. We understand the pressures for Shuttle replacement, but we also understand the need to balance long-term risks of the Exploration Vision with these short-term needs."

NASA FY 2006 Operating Plan and Transmittal Letter

"The purpose of this letter is to submit to the Committee NASA's Initial FY 2006 Operating Plan in accordance with the agreements between NASA and the Committee, and to provide an update to the FY 2005 Operating Plan."

Request for National Science Foundation Fiscal Year 2007 Is $6.02 Billion, NSF

"The President's budget for fiscal year 2007 requests $6.02 billion for the National Science Foundation--an increase of $439 million or 7.9 percent over fiscal year 2006. The increase reflects a 10-year budget-doubling effort for NSF and other agencies as part of the American Competitiveness Initiative that President Bush announced in the State of the Union address last week."

The Cheerleaders Chime In

NASA budget: Right vector, time for more thrust, Space Foundation

"The Vision for Space Exploration and the President's budget proposal have NASA headed in the right direction. This is the right vector, but it is time for more thrust."

NASA'S FY 2007 Budget Request Good for Vision, Coalition for Space Exploration

"The nation's Vision for Space Exploration will be able to continue on course with its bold plan of expanding the space frontier thanks to the solid fiscal support of the White House, as shown in the FY 2007 budget request released Monday."

The NASA FY 2007 Budget

NASA's New Budget: Treading Water, SpaceRef

"Today, NASA will unveil the Fiscal Year 2007 budget request that the White House will be submitting to Congress. While NASA will get an increase over the FY 2006 budget - the increase is only 1%. In an overall sense, NASA's budget does not keep up with inflation - thus leaving the agency barely able to tread water. Moreover, NASA is getting far less than NASA had originally hoped for - and much less than the White House had planned just two short years ago."

NASA FY 2007 Budget information (overview), OMB

Detailed FY 2007 NASA budget information, OMB (PDF)

NASA FY 2007 Budget Information

NASA Administrator Statement About FY 2007 Budget, NASA



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