Report: Senate Not Keen on House Compromise NASA Funding Bill

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Space Access Society Bulletin –
Alert Followup Friday 9/24/10
by Henry Vanderbilt

Two relevant developments:

– One, a news item in the Orlando Sentinel says that the new version of House NASA Authorization bill HR.5781 has been informally run past the Senate, and the response was that the Senate wouldn’t pass it.

This means two things for us: It increases the urgency of defeating HR.5781, since it means that House passage of that version will almost certainly extend this wrangle past the election (and possibly into next year) leaving NASA adrift for months longer. And it increases our odds of success in getting the Senate version (S.3729) approved, as the rest of the House becomes increasingly aware that the Science Committee’s HR.5781 is not likely to lead to a useful result anytime soon, and that the only practical way to wrap this issue up before the election is for the House to approve the S.3729 version NASA Authorization that the Senate passed last summer.

– Two, the House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, has announced that there will be no House votes today, or Monday and Tuesday of next week.  The House is due back in session next Wednesday at 10 am.  So we have more time to work this issue. If you haven’t already made that phone call, make it!  And if you have, consider following up with more detail.