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Unformatted text preview: NASA appropriations acts for several years, Congress prohibited NASA from using appropriated funds to implement reductions in force (RIFs) or other involuntary separations, except for cause.85 Before the release of the Administration’s FY2011 budget, many of the personnel currently employed in the shuttle program were expected to transition to the Constellation program. The proposed cancellation of Constellation introduces new uncertainty into these plans. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 125 Mercury Politics Shuttle – Popular – Public Over half of Americans support space shuttle missions. Rasmussen Reports, 10/5/10 (Biggest public opinion poll conductor in the United States, “52% Say Space Shuttle Program Has Been Worth The Cost”, ogram_has_been_worth_the_cost, accessed 6/27/11) EK NASA just received the budget go-ahead for one last manned shuttle launch, but most Americans think the historic shuttle program has been well worth the money. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 52% of Adults say the space shuttle program has been worth the expense to taxpayers. Twenty-eight percent (28%) disagree and feel the program has not been worth the expense. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) The number of Americans who feel the program has been worth what it cost is up 12 points from early January, when just 40% felt that way. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 126 Mercury Politics ***Links – Launch Systems Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 127 Mercury Politics Space Launch System – Unpopular - Senators Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) oppose the current plan for the new Space Launch System Feinstein and Boxer, U.S. California Senators, 2011 (Dianne and Barbara, 5/27/11, Letter to Charles Bolden NASA Administrator, “Letter to Charles Bolden from Senators Feinstein and Boxer Re: Sole Source for the Space Launch System”,, 6/21/11) EK Dear Administrator Bolden: We write to ask that NASA quickly open a competitive bidding process on the propulsion component of the new Space Launch System (SLS). A competitive process will allow NASA to procure better technology at lower initial and lifecycle costs. In this time of constrained budgets, it would be inexcusible to funnel billions of taxpayer dollars into a non-competitive sole-source contract for the new Space Launch System. By allowing a competitive process, NASA could realize hundreds of millions of dollars in annual savings, and billions in savings over the life of the program. Furthermore, a competitive process will build capacity and enhance the critical skills and capabilities at a wide range of aerospace technology companies. We believe a competitive process is consistent with the NASA Reauthorization Act of 2010. As you know, this legislation directed the agency to construct a new human rated spacecraft by 2016 while utilizing existing contracts where "p...
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