Budget: June 2009 Archives

NASA Budget Update

Twittermail from @KenMonroe: "Now that the FY2010 #NASA Appropriations battle has moved to the Senate, let's discuss an esoteric problem posed in the House-passed version. The House-passed bill seeks to convert NASA's R&D accounts from two-year duration to one-year duration. What does this mean? NASA is the third largest R&D agency in the Federal Government, representing 7.7 percent of total R&D spending in FY2010. Because of the duration and complexity of R&D programs, two-year funding has been a widespread practice in virtually all Federal R&D activities, including those at DoD, NSF, NIST, NOAA, EPA and USGS. NASA has long relied on its two-year funding to write contracts that cross fiscal years (as most things do). This practice permits the best, most efficient use of appropriated funds." [More]

Summary: FY 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee Mark

"National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - The bill provides $18.68 billion for NASA, $903 million above the Fiscal Year 2009 level and equal to the President's request. The total funding includes $3.16 billion for Space Shuttle operations; $2.27 billion for Space Station operations; $3.5 billion for development of the next generation Crew Launch Vehicle and Crew Exploration Vehicle and Cargo Launch Vehicle; $4.5 billion for science; and $507 million for aeronautics research."

Statement of Administration Policy H.R. 2847 -- Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (NASA Excerpt)

"Administration Priorities: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Administration is concerned with the reduction of $670 million from the President's FY 2010 request for Exploration Systems. This large reduction would likely cause major negative impacts to any options that may emerge from the ongoing blue ribbon review of U.S. human space flight plans. The Administration appreciates the Committee's strong support for the NASA Earth science program, which advances the President's goal of deploying a global climate change research and monitoring system. The Administration is concerned with the elimination of $21 million from the request for NASA innovation, which uses public-private partnerships to advance important technologies and enable access to new sources of innovation through incentive prizes and partnerships. In addition, the Administration is concerned about funding NASA's R&D activities with primarily one-year rather than two-year appropriations. Such an action would increase the cost and complexity of budget execution and would diminish flexibility without improving management."

Budget Update

House Committee on Science and Technology Hearing: Subcommittee Examines NASA Budget Challenges

"NASA is at a critical crossroads," said Subcommittee Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). "Decisions made by Congress and the White House this year will have an impact on NASA for years to come--for better or worse--and we need to ensure that they are for the better."

Witnesses Advocate Stable Funding and Adequate Resources For NASA

"I am deeply concerned about the fate of our human space flight program, one of the agency's most recognizable missions," said Subcommittee Ranking Member Pete Olson (R-TX) in prepared remarks. "Though largely hidden from view, NASA is hard at work building ground test facilities, refining designs, testing hardware, and later this summer the agency will launch the Ares 1-X test-flight at the Kennedy Space Center as well as conduct a critical pad abort launch test. Enormous strides are being made."

Kosmas Fights Against Cuts to Human Space Exploration

"Kosmas and a bipartisan group of legislators, including fellow Space Coast representative, Bill Posey (FL-15), took to the House floor this week to speak out against the cuts and to urge for restoration of human spaceflight funding before the bill becomes law. Kosmas and Posey had previously sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee urging them to reverse the cuts and maintain a robust human spaceflight program."

Budget Update

AIP FYI #77: FY 2010 House NASA Appropriations Bill

"There is important language in the House Appropriations Committee report accompanying the FY 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill on NASA's programs. The House is scheduled to consider this bill today. Tomorrow, Norman Augustine and his colleagues on the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Committee will hold their first public meeting on the space agency's manned programs. Information on this committee, with a link to the all-day meeting (starting at 9:00 A.M.) can be found at http://hsf.nasa.gov"

NASA Budget Update

NASAstates going ballistic over cash cuts, The Hill

"A bipartisan group of Texas and Florida lawmakers is pressuring House appropriators to restore hundreds of millions of dollars for space travel, warning that cutting NASA's budget next year could hurt the economy and national security. House members from the two states that house NASA's major space centers met Wednesday to discuss ways to restore the funding, while Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) blasted the proposed reductions as "destructive."

Hutchison: Proposed cuts to NASA 'destructive', The Hill

"Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) blasted the House's reductions to President Obama's NASA budget proposal, warning that they could hurt U.S. security and the economy. Hutchison said that the reductions, which total $650.6 million, were "destructive." The biggest proposed reduction made by the House Appropriations Committee is a $566.5 million cut from Obama's request for space exploration funding."

Senator Shelby talks about NASA budget, WAFF

"I will do everything I can to make sure Marshall is properly funded in the scheme of the whole NASA situation. But we have not marked up yet," said Senator Shelby."

Marc's note: At today's House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies Appropriations Bill meeting NASA's exploration budget request saw a reduction of $212.3 million. The committee called a "time-out" with respect to the exploration budget. As well a new item with no definition was added for "Construction and environment compliance" to the tune of $441.7 million. There were 23 earmarks added to the NASA budget totaling $14.55 million.

Constellation is behind schedule and over budget as it is, this "time-out" won't help.

Mollohan Statement: FY2010 Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee Markup

"For NASA, the bill provides a total of $18.2 billion, an increase of $421 million over last years level. Investments have been made in Earth science to further the decadal surveys. The recommendation, however, acknowledges that the Administration has established a blue ribbon panel, led by Dr. Norm Augustine, to review the current vision for human space flight. Funds are provided in the bill to continue investments in human space flight at the same level as provided in fiscal year 2009. Reductions from the budget request should not be viewed as a diminution of my support or that of the Subcommittee in NASAs human space flight activities. Rather, the deferral is taken without prejudice; it is a pause, a time-out, to allow the President to establish his vision for human space exploration and to commit to realistic future funding levels to realize this vision."

AIP FYI #70: House, Senate Committees Consider FY 2010 NASA Budget Request

"House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) stated it well: "Either the nation is going to have to give NASA enough funding to meet the dual challenges of carrying out its current and planned missions and of revitalizing the agency's human and physical capital, or the nation is going to have to agree on what it wants NASA to cut."

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