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Before leaving for August recess, both the House and Senate passed their versions of the FY 2002 VA/HUD appropriations bill. While FYIs #88 and #95provided early indications of what the House and Senate VA/HUD subcommittees recommended with respect to NASA funding, some changes were made to the House version before passage. In particular, the House bill would provide $1,516.7 million for Earth Sciences, an increase of $1.8 million above the request.

9 Aug 2001

House VA/HUD appropriators marked up their FY 2002 funding bill on July 10. Although the complete bill text and report language are not yet available, some unofficial information has been reported on funding numbers for NSF and NASA. FYI #87provided details on what is known about the appropriations numbers for NSF; below is information on the NASA appropriations. Because NASA reorganized many of its accounts in the FY 2002 budget request, direct comparisons with FY 2001 funding levels are difficult.

13 Jul 2001

Before members of the House Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics on May 2, NASA head Dan Goldin acknowledged that the quantity of human-tended science on the space station "will be greatly degraded" due to Administration actions to control station cost overruns. In the past two weeks, Goldin appeared before three subcommittees to defend his agency's FY 2002 budget request and explain the recent news of $4 billion in cost overruns to the station.

17 May 2001

As reported in FYI #44, President Bush's FY 2002 budget request would boost NASA funding by 1.8 percent, to $14,511.4 million. The requests for Space Science and Academic Programs were shown in FYI #44; the requests for Earth Science, Biological and Physical Research, and Human Space Flight are provided below.

12 Apr 2001

NASA's total budget would increase by 1.8 percent, to $14,511.4 million, under President Bush's FY 2002 request. "We face some difficult decisions," NASA Administrator Dan Goldin remarked. "The President fully expects NASA to live within the requested funding levels, and is aware that doing so will require some difficult decisions. We are proposing to Congress in this budget plan that some lower priority activities be eliminated to allow for a much more vigorous space and science exploration program."

11 Apr 2001

House appropriators completed their version of the FY 2003 VA/HUD funding bill (H.R. 5605) on October 9. This bill would increase NASA's budget by 2.7 percent over FY 2002. According to the committee's report, Human Space Flight funding would fall by 11.3 percent, while the Science, Aeronautics and Technology budget would grow by 15.9 percent. Within the SAT category, it appears that Space Science, Earth Science, and Biological and Physical Research would all see healthy increases.

21 Oct 2002

As the August congressional recess approached, subcommittees of the House Science Committee were active, holding oversight hearings on a number of programs and agencies under their jurisdiction. On July 18, the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee investigated concerns that, in the future, NASA will not have the S&T workforce it needs to fulfill its mission. U.S.

12 Aug 2002

On July 25, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2003 VA/HUD appropriations bill, which provides funding for NASA and NSF among other agencies. Senate appropriators would provide a 2 percent increase for NASA. Funding for Human Space Flight, including the space station, would drop, while funding for the Science, Aeronautics and Technology account would increase. Within this account, the totals for Space Science, Earth Science, and Biological and Physical Research are not specified.

31 Jul 2002

Senators on the Commerce Science, Technology and Space Subcommittee urged NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe to "think big" at a May 8 hearing and did not voice any qualms about the costs of doing so. Subcommittee members advocated what O'Keefe referred to as "lofty objectives" for the space agency. There was agreement that NASA must get its financial house in order and rebuild congressional confidence, but members condemned the basically flat funding that NASA has seen in recent years.

14 May 2002

FYI The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News Number 48: April 22, 2002

22 Apr 2002

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