A space policy update from Space News:
Sources close to the administration say a presidential decision based on the Augustine panelâ€™s options is not expected before Christmas. Meanwhile, language contained in the Senate version of the bill could complicate the administrationâ€™s efforts to change direction and pursue an alternate architecture by requiring the president to submit proposed changes to the spending plan in the form of a 2010 budget amendment.
Meanwhile, budget maneuvers continue on Capitol Hill. Last week, the Senate passed a $18.7 billion budget for NASA. However, the bill must be reconciled with a House bill that cut $670 million out of the space agency’s human spaceflight program. The reduction was made due to uncertainty over the Obama Administration’s direction on human spaceflight.
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