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Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)  (Source: spacenews.com)
The new bill would help NASA budget its funding over the long term

Two House Representatives are creating a NASA reform bill in an effort to help the agency with funding and long-term projects.
 
Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) have joined forces to propose the new NASA reform bill. The bill aims to help NASA budget its funding over longer periods of time and also eliminate the politics that affect long-term projects.
 
Money is a huge factor in determining what NASA can and cannot do. Last October, the space agency urged Congress to provide $850 million in full for commercial crew vehicle development after NASA's space shuttle fleet was retired. This was necessary so that the U.S. wouldn't have to depend on Russia for a flight to the International Space Station (ISS), which is expected to increase to about $63 million per set by 2015. 
 
The new bill wants to place funding on a multi-year cycle rather than just an annual cycle. This will allow NASA to budget its funding over a longer period of time, rather than have to beg for more money each year in order to finish a project. NASA will know exactly how much it has ahead of time, and will be able to allot the total amount more efficiently. 
 
Aside from money, politics has become an issue for NASA. The Obama administration ended the Constellation Program rather quickly after $10 billion had already been spent on what was meant to put the U.S. back into space after the retirement of the space shuttle fleet. 
 
The reform bill's attempt to not only create a fixed, long-term budget, but also appoint a NASA administrator to a 10-year term, will make NASA a well-oiled machine for a longer period of time and help progress the U.S.' space program without any intrusion from politics or begging to Congress. 
 

Source: Examiner



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RE: Real sad state of affairs
By RufusM on 8/15/2012 9:29:37 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with you on the handouts, but the DoD budget has plenty of pork in it as well. The DoD could go on a spending die and still maintain it's effectiveness. The US doesn't need to have the (very expensive) global presence we've had for the past 40 years.


RE: Real sad state of affairs
By RufusM on 8/15/2012 9:30:08 AM , Rating: 2
... spending diet...


RE: Real sad state of affairs
By MrBungle123 on 8/15/2012 11:16:31 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with you to an extent, I would let Europe at this point fend for itself. But with considerations like global trade, piracy, rogue states, etc. Having a global presence and military large enough to keep the peace is in our best interests even if it is expensive.


RE: Real sad state of affairs
By geddarkstorm on 8/15/2012 1:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
If we look at isolationism throughout history, it has always lead to disaster. Like it or not, we are the peace force of the world; the other nations have become used to that, they wouldn't know what to do.


RE: Real sad state of affairs
By Ammohunt on 8/15/2012 2:34:25 PM , Rating: 2
Defense spending is not just for the United States but countries like Canada, Iceland and others that are under our umbrella of protection.


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