Congress: April 2006 Archives

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science Hearing: NASA FY 2007 Budget Request

Prepared statement by Michael Griffin (PDF)

Editor's note: I'm sorry that I can't post the text of this statement for you to read but Code L has decided only to post an image of the text - not the actual text. They also did a sloppy job at scanning it in too - most of page 7 is hidden under page 6. Yet, if you read yesterday's statement from the Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Science and Space hearing you will see that there is little difference between the two statements.

Reader note: "I thought the most interesting and discouraging exchange between Mikulski and Griffin was when she asked him toward the end about using the ISS. She said you will have the ISS in orbit but won't be able to use it, and he agreed. Then he provided a list of "ifs" that might make the ISS a useful facility and she caught him on his list of "ifs." And as we know, placing all the remaining pieces in orbit, minus the centrifuge, is highly speculative as it depends on 16, 17, 18 more shuttle launches."

Mikulski Calls for Balanced Space Program, Increased Support for NASA

"NASA's role in promoting science has been ignored by this administration. NASA is absolutely crucial to the innovation economy and the innovation society. It is time for the administration to recognize both the cost and the benefits of a balanced space program," said Senator Mikulski. "A balanced space program is what made our nation the leader in space it pushed the envelope of science and discovery, while spurring innovation."

NASA budgets concern Shelby, Huntsville Times

"While this [proposed NASA budget] is a significant increase, there are a number of programs slated for decreases that are troubling," Shelby said. "Specifically, funding for aeronautics and education have been cut, and science is being shortchanged with little hope of funding in future years."

At NASA Hearing, Silence on Earmarks, Washington Post

"I feel about these earmarks the same way I always feel about earmarks," Griffin told reporters after the hearing. "Our budget is very limited. We have a strategy approved by Congress, and we can carry out that strategy . . . but every earmark, if it isn't coaligned with that strategy, is a fiscal distraction."

Statement by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin before the Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space

"Earmarks have increased by a factor of more than 30 in number and almost 8 in dollar value since FY 1997, when NASA was earmarked $74 million, for 6 discrete items. The growth of these Congressional directions is eroding NASA's ability to carry out its mission of space exploration and peer-reviewed scientific discovery."

NASA Internal Memo: Enterprise Council (EC) ViTS 19 April 2005, NASA HQ

"- If earmarks from the Hill are legislated, we will release the money as soon as possible. He hates earmarks. We need to avoid earmarks in the first place or influence the earmark to benefit NASA work, but when we get them we need to fund them promptly. The bottom line is to honor earmarks when they are directed."

Sen. Hutchison to Chair Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space Hearing with NASA Administrator

"On Tuesday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. (EST), Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will chair a Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space hearing. The subcommittee will hear testimony from NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and will focus on the NASA budget, the transition from the Space Shuttle to the Crew Exploration Vehicle, the International Space Station and NASA contributions to U.S. technological competitiveness."

-Senate webcast

Letter from IFPTE to NASA Office of Legislative Affairs Regarding Workforce Strategy Document

"The head of the NASA Council of IFPTE Locals (NCIL), Dr. Wesley Darbro, has informed me that he has not yet received a copy of the final Workforce Strategy or of NASA management's response to the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (IFPTE) comments submitted on March 9, 2006. He was informed that this delay was due to the fact that the Workforce Strategy document is held up in NASA's Legislative Affairs office. As you know, both of these documents were due on Monday, April 10th as per the requirements of the NASA Authorization Act of 2005."



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