Policy: July 2004 Archives

25 July 2004: Deep Cuts Loom for NASA's Fiscal 2005 Spending Plan, Aviation Now

"A Senate Commerce Committee session to finish drafting the NASA authorization bill, which at least in theory mirrors the appropriations legislation, was postponed at the last minute July 22 for lack of time for the "very contentious" debate that committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he expected. The NASA markup will be rescheduled in September, he said."

21 July 2004: Bush's NASA Plan Hits Speed Bump, Wired

"Despite these concessions, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) called the cuts "unacceptable" and suggested that he would stop the bill from being passed if it remains in its current state. "Yes, we are at war, just as we were when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. And yes, the budget is constricted," said DeLay in a statement. "But for four decades, America's mission in space has been one of the surest economic investments the federal government has made."

21 July 2004: Congress cuts funds to Bush's space plan, Houston Chronicle

"However, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the Sugar Land Republican whose district includes NASA's Johnson Space Center, called the cuts "unacceptable," then warned: "It would be very hard to get this bill to the floor if it's unacceptable to me."

21 July 2004: Panel Cuts Bush's Budget Request for NASA, Washington Post

"The committee made it clear in its as-yet-unpublished report on the proposed legislation that it did not fully agree with the president's priorities: "While the committee is supportive of the exploration aspect of NASA's vision, the committee does not believe it warrants top billing over science and aeronautics," said the report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post."

20 July 2004: Highlights of the FY05 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill, House Appropriations Committee

"NASA is funded at $15.1 billion, $229 million below last year and $1.1 billion below the request. The bulk of these savings come from the elimination of funding for new initiatives. The reductions include $30 million for technology maturation efforts; $230 million from Project Prometheus related to Jupiter Icy Moon Orbital; $438 million resulting from delaying the Crew Exploration Vehicle; and $100 million from Space Launch Initiatives by accelerating the termination of activities. The bill fully funds shuttle operations at the requested level of $4.3 billion. The committee fully funds Mars programs at the requested level of $691 million."

20 July 2004: Big Cuts to NASA's Budget Ahead?

Editor's note: According to CongressDaily AM "The House Appropriations Committee is planning to cut as much as $1 billion from President Bush's budget request for NASA, as part of a $92.9 billion FY05 VA-HUD appropriations bill to be marked up today .... That total is $2.1 billion over last year's enacted levels for the dozens of programs and agencies under the measure's jurisdiction, and a $2.5 billion increase is pledged to veterans' healthcare programs alone."

B>16 July 2004: NASA Office of Space Exploration 2004 Centennial Challenges Workshop Report

"The 2004 Centennial Challenges workshop was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, 15 and 16 June 2004 at the Hilton Washington hotel. In attendance were representatives from big and small industry, aerospace and non-aerospace, universities, government, and interested individuals."

15 July 2004: Witnesses at House Science Committee Hearing Express Strong Support for Aerospace Prizes, House Science Committee

"While establishment of a NASA prize program is certainly worth considering, we should not be lulled into thinking that it is any substitute for providing adequate funding for NASA's R&D programs," cautioned Subcommittee Ranking Minority Member Nick Lampson (D-TX).

15 July 2004: Statement of Craig E. Steidle at House Science Committee Hearing on NASA Aerospace Prizes

"Congress is important to the success of Centennial Challenges. NASA has requested specific authority from Congress to conduct large prize competitions with purses up to $50 million in size and to retain funding for prize purses over multiple years. Both of these authorities are important to maximize the utility of Centennial Challenges."

15 July 2004: Hearing Charter: House Science Committee Hearing on NASA Aerospace Prizes

15 July 2004: Prepared Statement by Molly Macauley at a House Science Committee Hearing on NASA Aerospace Prizes

15 July 2004: Prepared Statement by Douglas Holtz-Eakin at a House Science Committee Hearing on NASA Aerospace Prizes

15 July 2004: Prepared Statement by Peter Diamandis at a House Science Committee Hearing on NASA Aerospace Prizes

12 July 2004: Not quite exactly deja vu all over again, Dwayne Day, Space Review

"O'Keefe was apparently involved in drafting the new Vision, although his objections and contributions to the plan remain unknown. O'Keefe appears to be an enthusiastic supporter of the new policy. Even if his enthusiasm is partially an act, it could hardly be worse than the Space Exploration Initiative experience, where then NASA Administrator Dick Truly was widely reported to be completely opposed to the new policy."

Editor's note: Instead of just guessing about O'Keefe's involvement, questioning his motives, and jumping to conclusions, why not ask him (and others) Dwayne?

8 July 2004: SEA release: Space Exploration Alliance Grows as Moon-Mars Blitz Nears, NSS

Editor's note: According to an email sent out by the Mars Society about this event "some 70 space activists visiting approximately 200 congressmen, senators, and congressional and Senatorial aides to convey to them a message of strong support for the new American space policy that refocuses the human spaceflight program on the goal of sending humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond." These folks paid their own way to Washington, and took off time from work and their lives to push for something they truly believe in. However, these 70 people represent 0.007 percent of the "million Americans" the Space Exploration Alliance proclaimed to count among its numbers - and is a vastly smaller portion of America's current population of 294,000,000. In some ways this was a great turn out. Viewed from other perspectives it could be seen as indicative of just how unimportant space is in terms of being a mobilizing force among the American electorate. Indeed, often times here in Washington, turnouts in the tens of thousands for political efforts are often referred to as "disappointing". By that standard this event doesn't even register.



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