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Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)  (Source:
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 JKflipflop98 on 8/15/2012 1:46:38 PM , Rating: 2
We spend way too fucking much on the military. We are currently paying nearly a trillion dollars a year for our military to stomp around in two countries where the enemy isn't.

Saying that cutting military spending somehow compromises our safety is beyond stupid when the amount we're spending is astronomical. We could be BUYING the fucking countries we're invading for what we're spending to blow them up.

RE: Real sad state of affairs
By geddarkstorm on 8/15/2012 1:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Something tells me you don't actually understand all that our military does throughout the world. But nice going at trying to reduce things down to two cases that were incorrectly defined; that was a fine looking strawman.

RE: Real sad state of affairs
By JKflipflop98 on 8/17/2012 5:01:33 AM , Rating: 2
Please then, provide some examples of what our $1T a year is getting us from the military. "Keeping us safe" is not an allowable answer as we could do that on 1/100th of our current defense spending.

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