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5 nasa supporters new spending plan does not jibe

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Unformatted text preview: orcing a government shutdown, making the GOP look bad in the eyes of the public. Still, some conservative lawmakers say they're willing to pay that price to secure real spending cuts. "You know, nobody wants a government shutdown," Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said. "But if we don't take a stand, we're going to shut down the future for our children and grandchildren." "We as Republicans need to not be so afraid of a shutdown that we're afraid [CARD CONTINUES] Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 82 Mercury Politics Spending – Unpopular – Tea Party (4/4) [CARD CONTINUED, NO TEXT REMOVED] to stand on principle," Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said. There's no doubt the Tea Party will continue to press the GOP to hold on to that principle. "With a deficit this year of $1.65 trillion and a national debt of $14 trillion and a defiant liberal majority in the Senate, it's time to pick a fight," Pence said. Meanwhile, the Tea Party will be looking forward to next year's elections, when they hope to elect more candidates who mean business when it comes to taking on the nation's debt crisis. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 83 Mercury Politics NASA Funding – Popular – Congress (1/3) NASA is untouchable even in an atmosphere of cuts Raju and Breshnahan, Congressional Reporters for Politico 4/20/11 (Manu – Award winning reporter and John – Ex-Editor of Roll Call and senior reporter, Shooting for the moon amid budget cuts, Lexis) AC For all the rhetoric about cutting government spending, NASA's space mission remains sacred in Congress. A handful of powerful lawmakers are so eager to see an American on the moon - or even Mars - that they effectively mandated NASA to spend "not less than" $3 billion for a new rocket project and space capsule in the 2011 budget bill signed by the president last week. NASA has repeatedly raised concerns about the timeframe for building a smaller rocket - but the new law expresses Congress's will for the space agency to make a massive "heavy-lift" rocket that can haul 130 metric tons, like the ones from the days of the Apollo. Congressional approval of the plan - all while $38 billion is being cut elsewhere in the federal government - reflects not only the power of key lawmakers from NASA-friendly states, but the enduring influence of major contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing in those states. For instance, a series of stop-gap spending laws had kept money flowing to the man-to-moon Constellation program because Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) initially tucked a provision into a 2010 budget bill - even though President Barack Obama and Congress agreed last fall to end that Bush-era initiative. An internal NASA audit pegged the cost of that move at $215 million over five months. While some praise Congress for pushing the United States to remain a world leader in space science, critics say the national space program is effectively run by lawmakers protecting jobs in their home states. "Manned spaceflight is prohibitively expensive, especially considering our bud...
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