Thursday, April 03, 2008
Mikulski Miracle: 3rd Time Charm?
U.S. Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today expressed concern for the future of NASA's budget and America's space program pledging at a hearing today in Washington to fight to add $1-billion to the federal space agency budget in 2009.
The 2009 CJS spending bill is Senator Mikulski’s third attempt to gain approval of her $1 billion NASA amendment. In 1987, Congress allocated $2.7 billion in the aftermath of the Challenger tragedy to pay for a replacement shuttle. In the aftermath of the Columbia tragedy, however, NASA was not given any additional funding to repair the remaining shuttles. The amendment will pay back the costs of returning the Shuttle to flight and restore cuts to science, aeronautics and exploration programs that were cut in order to pay for the return to flight.