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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 OdinOrion on 8/15/2012 3:49:55 PM , Rating: 2
What happened during the GOP years under Bush II? What about Regan? Bush I?

Regan '82-'85 8.7% increase
Regan '86-'89 4.9% increase
Bush I '90-'93 5.4 % increase
Clinton '94-'97 3.2% increase
Clinton '98-01 3.9% increase
Bush II '02-'05 7.3% increase
Bush II '06-'09 8.1% increase
Obama '10-'13 1.4% increase.

Facts!!!! real important for an objective view. Who has spending issues??? Which party is that??? Stop spreading your slanted, ignorant, and absolutely incorrect bs.

Fact is the GOP spends far more and has had a long history of doing so. The GOP has no problem spending money we don't have, they just get mad when the Dems spend it in areas they don't approve.

Why don't you look to see how many increased spending measures Paul Ryan voted for? Conservatives, my rear end, they are a disgrace to their own platform.

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