gdi-2011-politics-master-file-mercury

Nasas marshall space flight center caused a problem

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: hat it can be used to support SLS and MPCV work. Still, he said, “Certainly we would be happy and less constrained without the restrictions.” Hutchison did indicate that the continuing series of CRs may finally be reaching its end. “I believe that the sentiment on the Hill now is that this would be the last temporary continuing resolution that we will pass,” she said, “and that we must go to the long-term continuing resolution that takes us through the end of the fiscal year.” The new CR would extend funding to April 8, giving Congress just over three weeks to figure out what the final FY11 funding levels should be. Senators also expressed concerns that the FY12 budget request does not match up with the authorization act levels, particularly for the SLS and MPCV; some asked, given the January report that indicated that fielding the SLS by the end of 2016 is not feasible at authorized spending levels, why the administration would then go and request less money for those programs, while requesting additional funding for commercial crew. “I do hope that you can help us see that perhaps we’re mistaken, that perhaps you are not going back to just focusing on the commercial side and leaving our basic NASA missions without the priority that Congress has put on the agency,” Hutchison said in her opening statement. [NOTE: Sen. Nelson = U.S. Senator (D – FL), Cooke = Douglas R. Cooke, Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, SLS = Space Launch System, MPCV = Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle, Hutchison = Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX)] Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 86 Mercury Politics NASA Funding – Popular – Senate – Shelby (R-AL) Beltway Senators want a continuation of Space jobs Busdeker – Huntsville Times 10 (Jon, Preserving space jobs big focus for Shelby, 3/8/10, Lexis) AC U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby is concerned. As NASA's Constellation space exploration program hangs in the balance, Shelby told The Times editorial board on Sunday afternoon he's concerned about private companies getting into the business of space. He's worried that China and India will "fill the vacuum" if U.S. manned space flight goes away. But most of all, Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, is troubled about the loss of jobs if Constellation is killed. "The jobs are important," Shelby said. "You lose the critical mass of scientists and engineers, it's hard to bring it back. ... We're going to do everything we can to retain this program." This morning, Shelby will speak to the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Shelby's visit to North Alabama comes on the heels of last week's meeting with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who is trying to sell President Barack Obama's $19 billion NASA budget request on Capitol Hill. If approved, the budget request will kill the Constellation space exploration program introduced in 2005 by President George W. Bush. Shelby has accused the Obama administrati...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 01/14/2013 for the course POL 090 taught by Professor Framer during the Spring '13 term at Shimer.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online