Breaking, House proposes another tweaked up bill that's DoA in the Senate while the future of NASA hangs in the balance. This draft was putb together by several sources close to the issue.
Last night the House Science & Technology Committee launched a final desperate defense of Constellation and attack on commercial crew. This House committee is proposing a misleadingly named “compromise bill,” which in fact would cut commercial crew funding, place 24 separate restrictions on commercial crew, and opens the door to continuing Ares I. (More details on this still-flawed bill are at the bottom of this alert.)
But there is a bigger problem with this last minute “compromise”. Because the House bill is so different from what the Senate already passed, the Senate probably can’t pass this bill before the election, if ever… leaving NASA with no direction until December, or perhaps even next year. This means more drift for human spaceflight, more money wasted paying Constellation contractors enough to stay alive, but not building anything (at least not anything worth building). And it means more months of delay while important new initiatives, like exploration technology and commercial crew are NOT quickly ramped up. New jobs NOT being created. Our future NOT being invented.
There’s only one solution to this mess. The House should simply pass the better Senate bill, S3729. We need your help TODAY to make that happen.
Call your Congressman TODAY. Ask them to vote against House bill HR5781 or any House-written NASA Authorization bill if it comes to the floor this Friday or next week, and instead vote to pass Senate bill S3729 before the House recesses for the election.
If your Congressman is a Democrat, ask them to contact Majority Leader Hoyer in opposition to any NASA bill other than Senate bill S3729 coming to the floor, and to request that S3729 be brought to the floor for an up or down vote next week.
If your Congressman is a Republican, ask them to contact Minority Whip Eric Cantor in opposition to any NASA bill other than Senate bill S3729 coming to the floor, and to request that S3729 be brought to the floor for an up or down vote next week.
For the House to even consider slowing down opening the space frontier so it can prop up one company is disgraceful. The Senate bill isn’t perfect, but it’s much better than this phony compromise. The House should just swallow their pride and pass S.3729.
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