The Huntsville Times has two good updates on the budget situation. One deals with the release of the House version of a compromise NASA Bill. It makes some big steps towards looking like the Senate’s. The text is on line but it’s a lot to read, so Spacepolitics.com summarizes it very well. There is also some noise about politics getting in the way of NASA’s budget increase going around.
Here’s tonight’s reading list-
-House moves closer to Senate on NASA budget; Constellation hopes fade (Huntsville Times)
-NASA won’t get any new money in funding resolution, senator says (Huntsville Times)
-House Committee Releases Compromise NASA Bill (Florida Today)
-House releases compromise NASA authorization bill (Spacepolitics)
- A Pledge to America = Flatline for NASA? (Nasawatch)
- FY2011 Senate and House (Compromise) Thread (2) – Sept. 23 onwards (Nasaspaceflight.com forum)
If you get through all that, you will know a lot, but you still won’t know if the Senate and House will actually get something passed this month, or what will happen with the “clean CR,” or when it gets passed. A clean CR would mean NASA works to the program of record (CxP) IF funds are actually released.
CxP (excluding Orion and solid boosters) is basically stood down and wrapped. If funds get released to centers, what will they work on while Congress decides? No one wants to see more layoffs. They have been confirmed at JSC, and MSFC’s are still rumors, but until a CR is passed with language that allows NASA to get to work on the next program, or a bill is passed, people will just be sharpening pencils and sending out resumes.Share