UPDATE 2: House Appropriators Complete CJS Markup

UPDATE 2: House Appropriators Complete CJS Markup

UPDATE 2: The committee did adopt an amendment requiring NASA to report to Congress on the disposition of the space shuttle orbiters, but there is no financial impact. It also adopted an amendment that cuts $48 million from unspecified portions of the $50 billion bill to provide additional funds to NOAA. Whether that will impact NASA or not remains to be seen.

UPDATE: The committee completed mark up of the bill. We listened to a good part of the markup and none of the amendments that would have affected NASA was adopted, but we will check back with the committee to be sure we didn’t miss any. Several amendments took aim at NASA’s “Cross Agency Support” account that, with it’s non-descriptive name and more than $3 billion, proved to be an “inviting target” in the words of CJS chairman Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA). Members who wanted more money for other NASA activities or even non-NASA activities proposed taking it from there, but Rep. Wolf defended the money in that account, which he said included cybersecurity funds to protect NASA from computer attacks by China.

ORIGINAL STORY: The full House Appropriations Committee has begun its mark up of the FY2012 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill, which includes NOAA and NASA.

The mark up can be watched live on the commitee’s website.

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