House says NASA budget is too small

House says NASA budget is too small

House says NASA budget is too small

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Feb. 14 2008 5:00 PM

House says NASA budget is too small

Well, like I said before, the NASA budget put together by the White House has to be vetted by Congress, and they'd have something to say about it.

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Boy, did they.

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The Political Action for Space blog reports that the House subcommittee on Science and Technology is not pleased with the amount of money President Bush allocated to NASA for the fiscal year 2009. In fact, Bart Gordon (D - TN) said:

I believe that the Administration has to date failed to provide resources to NASA that are adequate for what it has asked NASA to do and what it agreed to in the Authorization Act.

This is interesting. The more I read about the budget proposal for NASA, the less enthusiastic I am about it. I praised it before, but that was before I read it carefully. The synopsis sounded great... but I should have known better.

My own Representative, Mark Udall (D - CO), is on that House subcommittee. He said:

The Administration has chosen not to request any additional funding for the Constellation program in this latest budget request, despite congressional encouragement from both sides of the aisle to do so. . . I intend to work hard this year to develop legislation to reauthorize NASA.

I recently met with a Udall staff member in DC about a different issue, and now I think it's time to up the ante a bit. I'll be contacting Udall's office, and I'll see what I can do to help.