McCain on cost-plus contracts

During Friday night’s presidential debate, Barack Obama made a passing reference to the Shenzhou 7 mission that was in progress at the time:

The third thing we have to do is we’ve got to make sure that we’re competing in education. We’ve got to invest in science and technology. China had a space launch and [...]

Senate passes CR with INSKNA extension

While most people have been preoccupied with financial bailout packages, the Senate found the time Saturday to approve HR 2638, a continiung resolution (CR) that will fund many federal agencies, including NASA, at FY 2008 levels though early March. Like the version the House approved Wednesday, the Senate version includes language that will extend NASA’s [...]

House approves NASA authorization bill

The House Saturday afternoon approved by voice vote the Senate version of HR 6063, the NASA authorization bill for fiscal year 2009 that the Senate passed Thursday night.

The House Science and Technology Committee press release about the bill linked to above mentions a couple of key differences between this final version and the version [...]

The Times backs an INKSNA extension

An editorial in today’s New York Times endorses efforts to extend NASA’s Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) waiver in Congress. The editorial argues, in effect, the members of Congress upset with Russia’s behavior in recent months, including its invasion of Georgia, should accept a waiver extension that is in “the clear interest [...]

A little stimulus for NASA

As Congress grapples with a financial bailout bill valued at as much as $700 billion, it’s little wonder that a $56-billion stimulus package announced Thursday didn’t get much attention. However, the Reid/Byrd Economic Recovery Act of 2008, named after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd, has a little [...]

Senate passes NASA authorization bill

Last night the Senate approved its version of the NASA Authorization Act of 2008 by unanimous consent. The differences between the Senate version of HR 6063 and the version the House approved this summer are said to be minor and should not be a problem to reconcile. The key elements of the bill remain unchanged, [...]

Feeney’s gapfiller

In the final days of the 110th Congress, Congressman Tom Feeney (R-FL) introduced legislation Thursday to try and close the Shuttle-Constellation gap. The “ISS GAP FILLER Act”, HR 7062 (full text not yet online), takes a multipronged approach to dealing with the issue, including authorizing over $3 billion a year in fiscal years 2010 through [...]

Sneaking an INKSNA extension into a CR

While the Senate works the try and get its version of an INKSNA extension passed, the House has managed, very quietly, to do the same thing. Earlier today the House passed by a vote of 370-58 HR 2638, a bill originally intended to be a Homeland Security appropriations bill but has since been renamed the [...]

Senate committee passes INKSNA waiver bill; is a compromise possible?

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved Tuesday legislation that would extend NASA’s existing waiver under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA), allowing it to continue to purchase Soyuz spacecraft from Russia. The approval is a key but only an initial step to get the bill through Congress. The bill still has [...]

Hurricane satellite legislation

It would seem to be a little late in the legislative season to introduce a new bill, but earlier this week Congressmen Ron Klein (D-FL) and Charlie Melancon (D-LA) introduced the Hurricane Satellite Modernization Act. The legislation, according to a Klein press release (the bill is not yet available through Thomas), would authorize the development [...]