Senate appropriators take up NASA spending bill today

The Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee is scheduled to mark up its FY11 appropriations bill, which includes NASA, in a session at 10 am today. The question is whether the subcommittee will follow the lead of Senate authorizers, or offer funding closer to the House authorization bill that offers far less for commercial crew programs [...]

Loving NASA and other authorization bill reaction

What does the House version of the NASA authorization bill mean for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the Houston Chronicle asked Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), the ranking member of the space subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee, and whose district includes JSC? “The first message is we love you,” Olson responded. (Hugs, anyone?) “[M]y [...]

House readies its NASA authorization bill

Late Monday the House Science and Technology Committee announced that it has completed its draft of a NASA authorization bill and plays a markup session Thursday morning (10 am, Rayburn 2318). The press release states that the committee “is releasing the legislative text of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010″, although [...]

Obama and Glenn to talk about space policy today

On President Obama’s schedule today is a meeting with former senator and astronaut John Glenn. (The meeting with one of the Mercury-era astronauts comes, ironically, the same afternoon as a different Mercury meeting for the president: an appearance with members of the Phoenix Mercury, last season’s WNBA champions.) The closed meeting, scheduled for about 2 [...]

Meanwhile, in the House…

With the Senate moving ahead with an authorization bill, what will the House do? “As the ranking member of the House authorizing committee, I’m eager to reauthorize NASA and get the train back on track,” Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), ranking member of the House Science and Technology Committee, said earlier this week at a Space [...]

Other reaction to the Senate bill

Much of the reaction outside Washington to yesterday’s passage of a NASA authorization bill by the Senate Commerce Committee was positive. “The legislation is an important, positive measure for our nation’s space exploration program that demonstrates fiscal responsibility, maximizes goals of the program and offers commitment to current workforce resources,” the Coalition for Space Exploration [...]

Senate committee adopts “compromise” NASA bill

In the end, this morning’s markup was short and sweet, full on self-congratulation and lacking any debate or tension. The Senate Commerce Committee approved unanimously a NASA authorization bill that will “refocus and reinvigorate the agency in a smart, fiscally responsible way”, in the words of committee chairman Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).

The committee did [...]

Pre-markup roundup

At 10 am this morning the Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to take up its version of NASA authorization legislation, one of four bills that will be marked up during the meeting. “We expect to be able to pass the NASA bill tomorrow,” Sen. Bill Nelson, chairman of the committee’s space subcommittee and a primary [...]

Proposed commercial space amendments to NASA authorization

There are at least two proposed amendments to the NASA authorization bill that the Senate Commerce Committee will take up that would address some commercial space issues. One, submitted by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), would restore funding for the commercial crew program to the levels in the administration’s proposal. The funds would come from the [...]

A quick review of the Senate NASA authorization bill

The Houston Chronicle has obtained and posted a draft of the NASA authorization legislation that the Senate Commerce Committee will markup Thursday morning. A quick review of the legislation finds a number of changes from the White House’s proposed budget, some of which have been reported in varying details in recent days.

Perhaps the biggest [...]