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Unformatted text preview: ift would be even lower, given the budget situation and the administration's continued infatuation with commercial companies. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 73 Mercury Politics NASA Funding – Unpopular – House – GOP Republicans need to cut NASA spending to keep their promises Roop, Huntsville Times 1/23/11 (Lee – Staff Writer, House GOP proposal would cost NASA Spending cut would be $1.4B, Lexis) AC NASA's share of the federal budget is threatened by a furious Washington debate about government spending that is causing headaches for one Alabama lawmaker and could cause headaches for another. Republicans controlling the U.S. House of Representatives have promised to try to cut non-defense and non-entitlement spending this year to at least 2008 levels. Such cuts would likely face Senate opposition, meaning some sort of compromise. But if the House prevails, the result would be a $1.4 billion loss for NASA, which had an $18.7 billion 2010 budget and a $17.3 billion budget in 2008. NASA is still less than 1 percent of the total federal budget. NASA has no approved budget for fiscal 2011 right now - neither does any other federal agency four months into the fiscal year - but is operating under a continuing resolution at the 2010 spending level. A $1.4 billion cut would approach the $1.8 billion NASA hoped to spend this year on the new heavy-lift rocket Con-gress ordered last year in the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 74 Mercury Politics NASA Funding – Unpopular – Senate – Rockefeller (D-WV) Senator Rockefeller thinks NASA is not effective at maintaining U.S. space leadership Rockefeller, U.S. West Virginia Senator, 2011 (Jay, 5/19/11, NASA Statement, “Sen. Rockefeller Statement: Hearing on Contributions of Space to National Imperatives”, http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.rss.html?pid=37099, 6/21/11) EK The list goes on and on--and that's just technologies derived from the Space Shuttle Program. Our space exploration has led to countless discoveries which save and improve lives here on Earth. For all those reasons, and more, it is critical that we maintain our space leadership. That's what members of this Committee have fought to do. Last year, we drafted and passed legislation that laid out a carefully considered bipartisan vision of the best path forward for NASA. It was a vision that enabled ambitious investments in science, aeronautics, education and human space flight exploration, while also recognizing current budgetary constraints. It laid out a new way for NASA. More than seven months after President Obama signed this bill into law, I am concerned NASA is not moving forward with implementing it with the urgency it requires. I'm worried that NASA's inaction and indecision in making this transition could hurt America's space leadership--something that would cost us billions of dollars and years to repair. It is for this reason that I'm prepared to step up the Committee's oversight today. This morning I, along with members of this Committee, sent a letter to Administrator...
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