Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) on Monday attacked the House version of NASA’s budget that required the agency to make a quick decision on its commercial manned launch company.


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Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) on Monday attacked the House version of NASA’s budget that required the agency to make a quick decision on its commercial manned launch company.

Nelson faces a difficult election campaign from the right. Thus, I suspect he has realized that he is better off promoting free enterprise than local pork. It is unfortunate that the Republicans in the House haven’t yet realized this.

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  • Joe

    Nelson is proposing to keep the competition open, but unless he plans to come up with another $300 Million+; the money is not there to support four competitors by the administration’s own accounting.

    Both Nelson and the (around here) much maligned Kay Bailey Hutchinson have talked about wanting to have more money for commercial crew (just-in both cases-not at the expense of MPCV/SLS). But as of now that extra money has not been forthcoming. The article mentions the $500 Million (House) and $525 Million (Senate) figures, but there is no reference of getting those numbers in-line with the administration’s $830 Million request.

    If you would really prefer (as apparently Nelson would) four inadequately funded competitors, as opposed to two with more money (and thus a chance of succeeding), have fun.

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