Congress: 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."

NPOESS Woes Continue

House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee Examines Troubled NPOESS Program

"This Committee has devoted years of oversight to NPOESS," said Subcommittee Chairman Brad Miller (D-NC). "Despite our pressure to get this program under control, we are again facing cost overruns and slipping schedules. At the current pace, we won't see a NPOESS launch until 2039. That is obviously unacceptable. The time has come to reorganize the management of this program to guarantee a successful launch."

Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites: With Costs Increasing and Data Continuity at Risk, Improvements Needed in Tri-agency Decision Making, GAO

"While selected components of the NPOESS program have made progress over the past year, the program is once again over budget and behind schedule. .. Costs could grow by $1 billion over the current $13.95 billion estimate, and the schedules for NPP and the first two NPOESS satellites are expected to be delayed by 7, 14, and 5 months, respectively."

Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee - Hearing: External Perspectives on the FY 2010 NASA Budget Request and Related Issues

On Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
will hear from advisory and other stakeholder bodies on issues relevant to the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Hearing Charter

Live webcast (Real Player)

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"

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."

From KenMonroe Let's review some common misconceptions about NASA funding. For those of you quoting NASA's budget as a percentage of the overall federal budget please note that by my calculations it is now down to one-half-of-one-percent of federal outlays. Most people in industry are still quoting 0.7 percent. It was 0.7 percent in 2004, and 0. 6 percent as recently as 2006. Currently, NASA's FY2010 request is $18.686 billion. According to the OMB website total FY10 outlays are $3.591. [More]

From @KenMonroe (House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics staff) "For those of you asking why House Appropriators reduced NASA funding, I recommend you re-read the NASA part of the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Mollohan (D-WV) and draw your own conclusions Many of our members are not in favor the reductions to Exploration but we are in a democracy and the majority rules. Basically, Obama's NASA budget has fundimentally reprioritized the Agency." [More]

Sen. Richard Shelby: Obama pick for top NASA job is capable, Huntsville Times

"I look forward to meeting with him and working with him. The confirmation process will have to take place, and I'm not making any predictions or judgments, but (Bolden) certainly is a capable man and has the qualifications. We'll have to see what the Senate thinks and move from there," Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, said shortly after a building dedication at Marshall Space Flight Center."

Shelby holding up NASA stimulus funding, Space Politics

"Space News reports in its print edition this week that Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) is holding up the release of "most if not all" of the $1 billion allocated to NASA in the stimulus bill approved earlier this year. The problem is that NASA is planning to spend $150 million of the $400 million appropriated to exploration for ISS commercial resupply activity, including early work to support commercial crew missions to the station."

Kosmas and Posey Urge House Committee to Restore Human Spaceflight Funding

"Today, Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24) and Congressman Bill Posey (FL-15) sent a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging their colleagues to restore critical funding for NASA's human spaceflight program. On Thursday, the Appropriations Committee's Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Subcommittee released their draft FY 2010 funding bill, which provides only $3.3 billion for exploration, nearly $700 million less than the President's request. "With so many jobs at risk, we should be working to minimize the gap, not cutting funding for human spaceflight," said Congresswoman Kosmas. "I appreciate the desire to wait for recommendations from the Augustine Panel, but cutting funds in the meantime sends the wrong message and increases the risk of losing a professional workforce that may not be easily reassembled for future programs. Restoring funding and preserving jobs is a bipartisan, economic issue, and I am proud to work with Congressman Posey to express the urgency of the situation to the Appropriations Committee."



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