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Unformatted text preview: exploration needs a “specific public objective ”. NASA funding will cost political capital in current budget climate
Pallante, writer, 11
[Mike, 2/17/2011, Questional, “NASA in Jeopardy: Has Presidential Policy Killed NASA?”
http://questional.com/blog/157-nasa-in-jeopardy-has-presidential-policy-killed-nasa/ , accessed 7-2-11]
Currently limited use of space shuttles will continue; however, for Discovery the end is near. The Discovery
is coming apart at the seams and NASA's future is uncertain. Unanswered questions still remain
regarding private sector space travel. Will private industry succeed in manned space flight? When?
President Obama's plan extends the orbit of the International Space Station until 2020 but potentially leaves
us without a means to get there. During the Constellation Program days NASA canceled many contracts for
replacement shuttle parts. The wisdom and expense of continual repair on shuttles like Discovery is in
question. If President Obama is serious about the future of NASA he will have to do what President
Bush did not: Follow through with his vision and create the infrastructure needed to accomplish his
goals. That will require allocation of funds, a potentially unpopular move in a budget-heavy political
climate. The next year will be an important one for NASA and space travel in general. How it will end
remains to be seen. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics NASA Funding – Budget Debate (2/2)
Anti-spending climate in Congress ensures opposition to increase NASA funding
Powell, Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau, 9
[Stuart, 9-13-9, Houston Chronicle, “Potential Battle for NASA”
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/6615751.html, accessed 7-5-11]
WASHINGTON — NASA supporters are bracing for an uphill battle to get the extra funding needed to
take on missions more ambitious than visits to the international space station .
A high-level panel told President Barack Obama last week that the space program needs an infusion of
about $3 billion more a year by 2014.
That may be a tough sell, even though the amount could be considered spare change in a fast-spending
capital where the White House and Congress are on track to dole out nearly $4 trillion this year to finance
federal operations, including bailouts for Wall Street firms, banks and automakers.
“The congressional agenda over the next year is going to be focused on cutting programs, not adding to
them,” said Scott Lilly, a scholar at the Center for American Progress. Adding resources to the nation's
$18.7 billion-a-year space program would require cuts in other areas, said Lilly, who doesn't think
lawmakers are willing to make those trades.
Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, the ranking Republican on the House subcommittee that has
jurisdiction over NASA, said wrangling the additional $3 billion a year would be “an enormous
challenge — but one I am prepared to win.” Added Olson, whose district includes Johnson Space Center:
“NASA doesn't require bailo...
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