Fireworks Expected at HASC Markup Tuesday

Fireworks Expected at HASC Markup Tuesday

Congress Daily (subscription required) reports that Republicans are likely to use the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC’s) full committee markup of the FY2010 DOD authorization bill on Tuesday as a venue to “portray Democrats as failing to keep America safe from rogue nations and terrorists.” The debate is likely to center on the Obama Administration’s …

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House Appropriations Committee Report on CJS Bill Now Available on the Web

House Appropriations Committee Report on CJS Bill Now Available on the Web

The report to accompany the FY2010 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations act is now available on the Web. It provides details about the committee’s decisions regarding NASA and other agencies in the bill. The bill number is H.R. 2847 and the report number is H. Rept. 111-149. Both are available through the Thomas website: http://thomas.loc.gov. Or …

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House Appropriations Committee Details NASA Cuts and Terminations in FY2009 and FY2010

House Appropriations Committee Details NASA Cuts and Terminations in FY2009 and FY2010

The House Appropriations Committee has posted the FY2010 Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations bill (unnumbered) as ordered reported from committee, along with a summary of the bill, and a list of terminations and reductions. The committee made the following terminations and reductions to NASA for either FY2009 or FY2010: Termination NASA visitor centers, program terminated to …

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Mike Griffin Unleashed

Mike Griffin Unleashed

It’s not as though former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin shied away from speaking his mind when he was in Washington, but now that he is a professor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, he is even more free to say what he thinks. The Associated Press printed an interview with him today, when he provides …

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Confirmation Hearing for NASA Nominees Next Week?

Confirmation Hearing for NASA Nominees Next Week?

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) told The Hill newspaper that Charlie Bolden’s nomination as NASA Administrator is likely to be voted on next week by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. She is the Ranking Member of the committee. The committee has two nomination hearings scheduled for next Tuesday (June 16 at 10:30 and …

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HASC Strategic Forces Subcommitte Marks Up FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill (H.R. 2647)

HASC Strategic Forces Subcommitte Marks Up FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill (H.R. 2647)

The House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Strategic Forces marked up its portion of the FY2010 DOD authorization bill, H.R. 2647, on June 11, 2009. The subcommittee’s mark includes $11 billion for national security space programs, including $9 billion for Air Force space programs. Other HASC subcommittees also are marking up this week, and full …

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Sen. Cantwell Says NPOESS IRT Report is "Pretty Damning"

Sen. Cantwell Says NPOESS IRT Report is "Pretty Damning"

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chair of the Senate Commerce subcommittee with jurisdiction over NOAA, said that the report of the NPOESS Independent Review Team, chaired by Tom Young, is “pretty damning of the current process.” NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said that fixing NPOESS was one of her highest priorities, and the three agencies (NOAA, DOD, …

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Augustine Panel Meetings: Mark Your Calendars!

Augustine Panel Meetings: Mark Your Calendars!

NASA has announced the dates of not only the first meeting (June 17) of the Augustine panel on options for NASA’s human space flight program, but for other meetings throughout its three-month term. In addition to June 17 in Washington D.C., other public meetings are scheduled for July 28 in Huntsville, July 30 in Cape …

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Aligning Policies and Budgets: Dwayne Day's Recap of the GWU Symposium

Aligning Policies and Budgets: Dwayne Day's Recap of the GWU Symposium

Dwayne Day has written an excellent summary for The Space Review of last week’s symposium “Aligning Policies and Budgets,” sponsored by George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute: “Space policy 101: Civil Space 2009.” I was pleased to be invited to be a member of one of the panels. My Powerpoint presentation is available here. Three …

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NASA Budget Markup Today — Will Money for Exploration be Restored?

NASA Budget Markup Today — Will Money for Exploration be Restored?

The full House Appropriations Committee will markup the bill that includes NASA’s FY2010 funding (the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill) at 11:00 am today, June 9, in 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. According to the committee’s website, the markup will be webcast. This is a crucial step for NASA’s budget and the Constellation program. Last …

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