Below are selected highlights from background material supplied by
NASA for its fiscal year 1995 budget request:

15 Feb 1994

CORRECTION:  FYI #18 stated that the Space Science budget would
increase from 22.4% of the total NASA budget to 24.3% under the
fiscal year 1995 request.  These percentages apply to the total of
NASA's science programs, not Space Science alone. 

15 Feb 1994

In an overall NASA budget request that decreases for the first time
since the end of the Apollo program, space science programs gain a
little ground while human space flight activities lose some.
President Clinton's fiscal year 1995 request for NASA is $14.3
billion, a decrease of $251.4 million (1.7%) from last year.  "We
cut back on human space flight, we increased the science budget and
we increased the technology budget," NASA Administrator Daniel
Goldin declared.  He added, however, that "this is it.  We can't

10 Feb 1994

A General Accounting Office report released this week provides
insights into NASA's decision to cancel the CRAF mission and to
redesign the upcoming Cassini mission.  This report is must reading
for anyone interested in how NASA made these decisions, as well as
for a review of the promises and problems of the 1997 Cassini
mission to Saturn.

4 Feb 1994


8 Dec 1995

In two weeks the short-term money runs out which has kept the doors
open at the National Science Foundation, NASA, and Department of
Commerce.  The outlook on keeping those doors open beyond that date
became dimmer during the last few days following action on two
appropriations bills.

1 Dec 1995

Hearings before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics revealed considerable skepticism about NASA’s realigned human spaceflight program.  At both March hearings there were bipartisan complaints that the Administration disregarded key provisions of the NASA reauthorization act in the formulation of the FY 2012 budget request, and doubts that the Administration was committed to fully implementing this legislation.

6 May 2011

Last week’s appearance of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden before the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee was fairly low-key.  There was discussion about the steps that the agency was taking to improve its management of projects such as the James Webb Space Telescope, work at various NASA centers and facilities, transitioning components of the Constellation Program, and the disposition of the four space shuttles.  There was little disagreement about the FY 2012 NASA request, in contrast to a hearing held a year ag

19 Apr 2011

The central focus of a hearing earlier this month of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee was whether NASA’s FY 2012 budget request was a path forward for the space agency.  Echoing comments heard a year ago, many committee members are unconvinced that the Administration’s plan to use commercial transportation services to fly American astronauts to the space station will work. 

28 Mar 2011

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was warmly received at last week’s hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.  “We are really devoted to you,” Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) told Bolden toward the end of three and one-half hour hearing on NASA’s FY 2012 request, indicative of the members’ strong bipartisan support for the space agency.

8 Mar 2011


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