While the announcement yesterday by Rep. Bart Gordon that the House will vote this week on the Senate’s version of a NASA authorization bill, rather than its own, would seem to clear the way for passage of the bill, advocates of the Senate version are not resting. Because the House will take up the bill under suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority for passage, the Space Access Society is asking people to contact their representatives again and request they vote for the Senate bill, while also warning there are more battles to come. “The Old Guard has suffered a setback, but it’s unlikely to fade away anytime soon.”
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), who this weekend published an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle supporting the compromise House version, told the paper now that it was more important to “end the uncertainty” facing NASA and its employees and contractors. Olson said he was “throwing his support” behind the Senate bill.
One person who hasn’t decided on the House bill is Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL). His spokesman tells Florida Today that neither the Senate nor the House bills do enough to close the post-Shuttle gap and that Posey was “still evaluating the details of both the proposals”. In the same article Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) expressed her support for the Senate bill, consistent with earlier comments from her.