“ We will double federal funding for basic research, invest in a strong and inspirational vision for space exploration , and make the Research and Development Tax Credit permanent.”
One of the areas where we are in danger of losing our competitive edge is our space program. When I was growing up, NASA inspired the world with achievements we are still proud of. Today, we have an administration that has set ambitious goals for NASA without giving NASA the support it needs to reach them. As a result, they’ve had to cut back on research, and trim their programs, which means that after the Space Shuttle shuts down in 2010, we’re going to have to rely on Russian spacecraft to keep us in orbit .”
"‘NASA has lost focus and is no longer associated with inspiration,' he said. ‘I don't think our kids are watching the space shuttle launches. It used to be a remarkable thing. It doesn't even pass for news anymore.'
That’s why I will help close the gap and ensure that our space program doesn’t suffer when the Shuttle goes out of service by working with Senator Bill Nelson to add at least one additional Space Shuttle flight beyond 2010; by supporting continued funding for NASA; by speeding the development of the Shuttle’s successor; and by making sure that all those who work in the space industry in Florida do not lose their jobs when the Shuttle is retired - because we cannot afford to lose their expertise .”
NASA requested $19.1 billion annually from 2010 to 2025.
Instead NASA was allotted $17.7 billion.
The budget was increased by $421 million
This increase mostly affected Earth Science while Space Exploration saw a cut of $212.3 million
This is only 0.52% of the country’s budget.
Healthcare is 15.3%
NASA faces dramatic job reductions among its 21,000 labor force at the close of the Shuttle Program
Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, FL faces a cut of 8,000 contractor jobs
The Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans could lose 1,300 of its 1,900 jobs
The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act
The Democrats boast about the passing of the COMPETES Act on their website: “It is time again to lead. We took a critical step with the America Competes Act and we will start by implementing that Act-then we will do more.”
The Bill “urges” NASA to implement programs and “affirms the importance of NASA’s aeronautics program”
There is no money granted to NASA when almost every other program affected is granted billions of dollars.
Ex: National Institute of Standards and Technology- $2.652 billion; $17 billion to Department of Energy (DOE); Department of Education-$276,200,200
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
“ The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, save and create millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.”
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