Senate appropriations committee has capped Webb Telescope budget


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The Senate appropriations this week recommended capping the budget for the James Webb Space Telescope at $8 billion, less than the $8.7 billion that NASA now thinks is required to finish the telescope.

The committee also recommended a budget of $17.9 billion for NASA, about $1 billion less than the House recommendation and about a half billion less than NASA’s 2011 budget. If the Senate numbers are adopted, it would bring NASA’s budget back to the budget it received in 2008.

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  • Joe2

    “The committee also recommended a budget of $17.9 billion for NASA, about $1 billion less than the House recommendation and about a half billion less than NASA’s 2011 budget. ”

    Shouldn’t that be about $1 billion more than the House recommendation?

  • Hi editor Joe2:

    In this case, based upon the linked story, I am correct, it is $1 billion less than the House bill. Is the linked story wrong?

  • Joe2

    I did a quick search.

    Attached is a link to a Federal Times article (dated July 7, 2011) that states:

    “NASA’s budget would be cut by $1.6 billion — to $16.8 billion —under a spending bill a House panel released Wednesday.”

    I believe that is accurate, as I remember it had a big cut that among other things eliminated all funding for the JWST.

    http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20110707/CONGRESS01/107070302

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