Omnibus Appropriations Bill Debate

December 18, 2007 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Space Law | 1 Comment

United States Congressby P.J. Blount and the blog faculty
Debate continued today on HR 2764: Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008. Here is a snipet of space related debate from Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO):

In addition, I am glad that there is funding within NASA’s earth science account to initiate important climate research missions as well as well as an endorsement of language in the House-passed Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations report that called for continued support for climate sensors already in development. This includes the Total Solar Irradiance Sensor, TSIS, which is being built by the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.

However, as chairman of the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, I am disappointed that to construct a bill the President would sign, the higher funding levels for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, provided in both the House and Senate bills had to be sacrificed. It is clear that Congress recognizes the value of NASA’s activities in science, aeronautics, and exploration, and I hope the President will send Congress a budget request next February that would give NASA the resources it needs to carry out its important missions.

See our report from earlier today on the same bill for some background information.

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