Congress: June 2005 Archives

NASA Authorization Bill Passes Subcommittee - Full Committee to Consider the Bill in July

Chairman Ken Calvert's Opening Remarks: Subcommittee Mark-up of H.R. 3070 - NASA Authorization Act of 2005

Democrats Withhold Support from NASA Authorization Bill - Legislation in Its Current Form "Doesn't Get the Job Done"

"At today's subcommittee markup, nearly all Subcommittee Democrats withheld their support from the NASA Authorization bill drafted by the Majority, citing significant concerns with the bill's content as well as with the lack of time they were given to review the legislation."

Editor's update: At today's STA breakfast, House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee chair Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) said that his subcommittee is marking up a NASA authorization bill on 29 June and that he hopes that it will get to the full Science Committee shortly thereafter. Also, Calvert noted that Mike Griffin will testify before the full House Science Committee next week (28 June). Meanwhile, on the Senate side, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) announced today that she will introduce a NASA Authorization bill (covering FY2007-2010) later today as well.

Sen. Hutchison Introduces NASA Authorization Bill

House Science Committee Committee - Hearing The Future of NASA

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Mark-up: NASA Authorization

Editor's note: As I read through the 14 June 2005 issue of the Congressional Record, focusing on the debate yesterday regarding NASA's FY 2006 budget, I came across this:

[Page: H4472] [PDF version]

Mr. WOLF. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that during further consideration of H.R. 2862 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to House Resolution 314, no further amendment to the bill may be offered except:

[long list of amendments]

"an amendment by Mrs. Musgrave, regarding NASA Hollywood liaison;"

Testifying From Space

UDALL: ISS Program, Research Yields Groundbreaking Knowledge

Opening Statement by Rep. Ken Calvert: Live to Space: International Space Station (ISS)

Statement of Astronaut Peggy Whitson before the House Committee on Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics

Hearing Charter: House Science Committee Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Hearing: Live from Space: The International Space Station

"This is the first hearing in Congressional history with a witness testifying from space. It is possible because of advanced communications technology on ISS and significant preparation and coordination by NASA and the Committee."

Editor's note: Gee, the on-orbit portion of this hearing was sure pointless - and it was certainly not John Phillip's fault. As soon as the live feed from space came on, everyone on the committee got starry eyed. That's great - but I have to ask: couldn't the committee members have asked questions that were a little more profound than they did? Roscoe Bartlett asked "what kind of an orbit are you in and what can you see?" Another member asked "what kind of food did you miss in space?". Rep. Udall asked if you could "see snow" from space. For the most part, all the members asked questions whose answers are contained in the 6th grade reading level publications that NASA's Education Office puts out. Oh well, at least there were no red faces and finger pointing - and Rep. Rohrabacher did ask a good, direct question about space commercialization. Otherwise, the questions asked of Peggy Whitson and Mike Fincke (on Earth) were, for the most part, good and to the point.

NASA's Congressional Interactions This Week, SpaceRef

"NASA Adminstrator Mike Griffin will also be meeting with a number of politicians this week regarding the VSE. On Wednesday, 8 June, Griffin meets with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). On Thursday, 9 June, Griffin is scheduled to meet and discuss the VSE with Gov Jeb Bush (R-FL) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)."



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