House Appropriations Committee approves NASA funding bill

The full House Appropriations Committee approved yesterday the Commerce, Justice, and Science funding bill, which includes $17.8 billion for NASA. The text of the legislation is not available online yet, and a press release about the bill offers only a few details. The press release does include one ambiguous statement: “Requires NASA report to Congress [...]

“Why the administration has undermined the Vision for Space Exploration”

That’s a direct quote from an unusual op-ed in Thursday’s Orlando Sentinel penned by two former senators—Jake Garn and John Glenn—and current senator Bill Nelson. The three say they don’t know for certain why the White House has failed to provide the appropriate guidance and funding needed to implement the Vision, “though we suspect it [...]

Space PAC endorses Lampson and Giffords

The Committee for the Advocacy of Space Exploration, which was established a couple months ago as a PAC “devoted to the promotion of a robust American space program”, has issued its first endorsements of the 2008 campaign. The group has formally endorsed the reelection of Reps. Nick Lampson (D-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), both members [...]

Authorization bill moves to full Senate

In a very brief markup session Tuesday, the Senate Commerce Committee approved its version of a NASA authorization bill for fiscal year 2009. The full text of the legislation isn’t posted yet (nor is even a bill number provided), but the press release does confirm one key provision that would prevent NASA from retiring the [...]

Senate committee to markup NASA authorization bill today

The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to markup its version of a NASA authorization bill, among other non-space legislation, during a session this afternoon. There aren’t many details about the legislation itself: the hearing notice doesn’t even include a bill number for the authorization bill. CQPolitics reported yesterday that the bill will be similar to [...]

Shuttle jobs hearing today

The space subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee is holding a field hearing today in Florida on the future of the shuttle workforce at the Kennedy Space Center. Actually, though, only one member of the committee is expected to be in attendance: subcommittee chairman Bill Nelson (D-FL), although Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), who is not [...]

Mikulski confirms another attempt at a “miracle”

In a press release Thursday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), chair of the appropriations subcommittee whose jurisdiction includes NASA, confirms that she would again seek a billion-dollar increase in NASA’s budget above the $17.8-billion budget her subcommittee approved on Wednesday (and which the full appropriations committee also apparently approved Thursday, although there’s no announcement about it [...]

Richardson’s campaign legacy

New Mexico governor Bill Richardson’s presidential campaign sputtered out earlier this year, but the campaign found at least one alternative use for the money it raised. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Thursday that the campaign donated $10,000 to efforts to get a spaceport sales tax approved in Sierra County, New Mexico, in April. That donation [...]

House passes NASA authorization bill

The House of Representatives finally formally voted on HR 6063, the NASA Authorization Act of 2008, late Wednesday afternoon. After carrying out some roll call votes on a couple of non-controversial amendments and beating back a motion, along party lines, to recommit the bill to the science committee because it didn’t contain language on use [...]

Senate subcommittee approves NASA appropriations bill

The Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an appropriations bill Wednesday that includes $17.8 billion for NASA, Space News reports [subscription required]. The details of the bill haven’t been disclosed yet, although the topline figure is similar to what the subcommittee’s counterpart in the House approved last week. Sen. Barbara [...]