Congress: December 2006 Archives

We will need specifics to evaluate proposal, editorial by Rep. Bart Gordon

" ...we will need more specifics from NASA and the president to fully evaluate the current moon base proposal for its value, feasibility and, of course, affordability. If a return to the moon is really the president's priority, he needs to come up with the funds required, not simply take money from NASA's other core missions and programs."

Bad Budget News For NASA

NASA Internal Memo: Preliminary Assessment - Implications of Full-Year FY 2007 Continuing Appropriation for NASA

"On December 11, 2006, Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) and Congressman David Obey (D-WI), who will lead the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations in the new Congress, announced their intent to pass a year-long joint resolution to complete the FY 2007 appropriations process, with no earmarks.

NASA has been informed by Committee staff that the assumption for the full-year FY 2007 joint resolution is expected to be the "current rate," defined as FY 2006 enacted levels, minus FY 2006 emergency supplemental appropriations. Committee staff have indicated that they will consider some exceptions to this formula."

S.D. Sen. Johnson in Critical Condition, AP

"Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson was in critical condition Thursday after late-night brain surgery, creating political drama about which party will control the Senate next month if he is unable to continue in office. The Democratic Party holds a fragile 51-49 margin in the new Senate that convenes Jan. 4. If Johnson leaves the Senate, the Republican governor of South Dakota could appoint a Republican _ keeping the Senate in GOP hands with Vice President Dick Cheney's tie-breaking power."

Rep. Boehlert Asks OMB for Additional Science Funding in FY 2008, Stresses Importance of ACI

"Last, but not least, NASA needs additional funding if it is to move ahead with both the Vision for Space Exploration and the space science, earth science and aeronautics research required by the NASA Authorization Act of 2005. There is no reason to launch the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle before 2014, and there is every reason to retire the Space Shuttle in 2010, as planned."

Sensenbrenner seeks top spot on Science Committee, AP

"Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner will seek the top Republican spot on the House Science Committee, after GOP leaders told him term limits would prevent him from taking that spot on the Judiciary Committee."



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