In a recent speech in the Houston area, Congressman Pete Olson blamed “an insurance item” for the House’s inability to pass the NASA authorization bill before going on recess nearly a month ago. According to local paper The Citizen, Olson told the Clear Lake Chamber that “the California delegation had a problem with an insurance item in the legislation” which kept the bill from going to the full House for a vote. The article isn’t more specific about that concern: previous reports had indicated that the bill’s sponsors planned to shift a proposed loan guarantee program for commercial crew development into a more conventional grant program, while House members from California and Ohio wanted to restore funding for technology and commercial crew development programs. (The same article also states that the bill had been approved by the “Houston Committee on Science and Technology”; not sure if that’s a typo or a Freudian slip.)
The University of Nebraska College of Law will be hosting a free one-day conference on national space policy on Friday, September 10, at the Newseum in Washington. Keynote speakers include Gen. James Cartwright, vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver.