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Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, April 16, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the April 16, 2015 hearing entitled "Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016: National Aeronautics and Space Administration," held before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Senator Richard Shelby: "The NASA budget proposes a total funding level of $18.5 billion, an increase of $519 million above the 2015 level. Such a significant increase should represent balanced funding for NASA's priorities. Perhaps not enough. Instead, there is a sizeable growth in programs like Commercial Crew and Space Technology, while other programs, such as science missions and Exploration Systems Development have significant reductions. The cuts to Exploration are especially concerning to the subcommittee. The successful test of the Orion capsule last December showcased NASA's innovative plans for the future. [...] The budget makes it impossible, a lot of people believe, for NASA to make efficient and cost effective decisions for the long-term development of a launch system that is being built to achieve the Nation's human exploration goals. While NASA is good at creating charts and talking about moving human exploration beyond our current capabilities, NASA has yet again failed to propose a budget that can accomplish what the agency claims is one of its top priorities. [...] While the proposed funding level of $18.5 billion is a good start, there is much work to do and it must be done to develop a balanced budget that achieves NASA's core missions and its future goals." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Charles F. Bolden.

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