Budget: May 2008 Archives

Letter From Aerospace and Technology Company Leaders to Congressional Leaders Regarding NASA's FY 2009 Budget

"As leaders of our nation's largest aerospace and technology companies, we employ hundreds of thousands of Americans and know first hand the formidable challenges in today's global marketplace. We write to thank you for your past support of NASA and to urge you to enact a top-line increase for NASA's FY 2009 budget. Without this increase, our nation faces the very real risk of losing our uniquely critical industrial base and human space access capability."

Hutchison may be key to extra NASA funds, Houston Chronicle

"Members of Houston's congressional delegation, having failed to galvanize House support for additional NASA funding, said Tuesday that Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison was their last best hope for adding $2 billion in emergency aid. Houston-area lawmakers -- including Reps. John Culberson, R-Houston, Gene Green, D-Houston, and Nick Lampson, D-Stafford -- told the Chronicle that they were counting on the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which Hutchison serves, after the House leadership spurned their request."

Moving The Goal Posts

Remarks by NASA Administrator Griffin to the NASA Advisory Council Science Subcommittees (19 July 2006)

"Our stakeholders in Congress are concerned that NASA not under-estimate the costs or complexity of our programs. To that point, the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 requires even more stringent management actions than those in the Nunn-McCurdy legislation for NASA missions costing more than $250 million and which exceed their baselined costs. I would ask everyone in the science community who proposes missions to NASA to become familiar with that legislative provision, which is now the law of the land and which I and my managers must follow."

Editor's note: Of course, one way that NASA often seems to get around a lot of this is to move the goal posts around and redefine what the official "baseline cost" is of a mission. Fiddle with the mission enough and you get a chance to come up with a new baseline that makes a lot of cost overruns go away - right?

See Public Law 109-155 -- DEC. 30, 2005, Section 103

Chairwoman Mikulski Announces Funding for Critical Domestic Priorities in Emergency Supplemental

"National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): $200 million: In the aftermath of the Columbia tragedy, however, NASA was not given any additional funding to repair the remaining shuttles. To date, NASA has already spent $2.7 billion to make safety modifications to the remaining shuttle fleet. The emergency supplemental includes $200 million for NASA to help pay back the costs and restore cuts to science, aeronautics and exploration programs that were cut in order to pay for the return to flight."

Space race over, but some don't want to ask Russians for a ride, The Hill

"With the breakup of the Soviet Union, the concern is less about national security and proving which country's worldview is correct than it is with more terrestrial worries like money and jobs. With some irony, lobbyists note in meetings on Capitol Hill that America's former communist foe would have monopolistic powers to charge what it likes to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), a program led by the United States and Russia that is scheduled to be completed in 2010. ... Meanwhile, the United Space Alliance added the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group to its roster of outside lobbyists, which already included Van Scoyoc Associates."



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