Archive: Congress

Senate Panel Approves $17.8 Billion For NASA, Including $200 Million Increase; $3 Billion For Space Shuttle, $2 Billion For Space Station

Measure Also Includes $1.1 Billion For NOAA Satellites The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a sweeping appropriations bill that includes $17.8 billion for NASA, some $200 million more than President Bush requested for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009. That $17.8 billion is $505 million more than NASA funding in the current fiscal 2008. Another […]

NPOESS Has More Than $1 Billion Added Cost Overrun; Pentagon Threatens Funds Freeze If Paperwork Undone; Screws On VIIRS Sensor Break, Must Be Replaced

Cost Of NPOESS, Once Seen At $6.5 Billion, Now Is $13.6 Billion, Headed For $14 Billion The National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) that once was estimated to cost $6.5 billion, and more recently was pegged at $12.5 billion, now is priced at $13.6 billion, with a likelihood it soon will tip off at […]

Senate To Vote This Week On Supp With Less FY ’08 Procurement, R&D Than Last Version

By Emelie Rutherford The Senate is expected to vote this week on $161.8 billion in war-supplemental funding, following House passage last Thursday and President Bush’s endorsement last Friday. Though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hesitated last week to promise the bill will pass as-is when his chamber takes it up this week, lawmakers and […]

Bartlett Hits Multi-Agency Setup For Delaying NPOESS; He Says System Rewards Contractors For Cost Overruns

The unending woes of the over-budget, under-performing, behind-schedule National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) may have been inevitable even before the program began, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) indicated. Not one or two, but three agencies, are running the NPOESS program, and that guarantees that too many people are involved in every decision, Bartlett said […]

Obering Says Interceptors Can Be Deployed In Poland On Time In 2013, If Congress Provides Needed Funds

Interceptors in the planned European Missile Defense (EMD) system can be deployed on time in 2013 if Congress provides sufficient funding, though any requirement that a test- article interceptor be launched first might slow progress in the program, Lt. Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering III, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director said this afternoon. Obering spoke […]

House Passes $20.21 Billion NASA Authorization Bill For Fiscal 2009, Including $1 Billion To Reduce U.S. Spaceflight Gap By A Year To Liftoff In 2014

The House, on a lopsided and veto-proof 409 to 15 vote, passed a $20.21 billion authorization bill to support NASA in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009, including an extra $1 billion to reduce the yawning half-decade gap when NASA won’t have any manned space flight program of its own. Rather, the United States, […]

House Approves Several Homeland Security Bills

By Calvin Biesecker The House on Wednesday approved seven new homeland security bills covering areas such as covert bomb testing, bomb prevention and respond, and biometrics, that the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security hopes to have included in a House and Senate authorization bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this year. […]

As Tanker Questions Swirl, Details On Confirmation of New Air Force Leaders Not Clear

By Emelie Rutherford While the departure of the Air Force’s two top leaders begins today, the schedule for the confirmation of the pair’s recommended replacements remained unclear yesterday, just as lawmakers turned to the service for answers on its aerial refueling tanker contract plans. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne is slated to work his last […]

House To Vote Last Night On $161.8 Billion In War Funding, Less Than In Previous Bills

By Emelie Rutherford The House was slated to consider last night $161.8 billion in war funding within a larger $186.5 billion supplemental spending bill that had been negotiated with the White House to avoid a presidential veto. That war-specific funding is slightly less than what the House considered and the Senate passed last month. Provided […]

Boeing’s Hill Backers Demand Air Force Rebid Tanker Contract Or Give To Boeing

By Emelie Rutherford Boeing supporters in Congress warned yesterday if the Air Force does not heed the Government Accountability Office’s call to reopen the tanker contract competition between Boeing [BA] and Northrop Grumman [NOC]–or outright award Boeing the contract–they will intervene. The lawmakers from Washington, Kansas, and Missouri–where Boeing has a strong presence–also highlighted concerns […]