Mississippi U.S. Rep.
Palazzo said one of his top priorities in space project funding is Orion, a multi-purpose crew exploration vehicle used for traveling beyond low Earth orbit, and continuing rocket testing at
The bill addresses two proposals that Palazzo finds problematic. The first is the bill halts a proposal to consolidate
He said there is no scientific benefit to "lassoing asteroids" and that there are very few details on the funding for the project.
"While we appreciate the support of the Committee, we are deeply concerned that the bill under consideration would set our funding level significantly below the President's request. This proposal would challenge America's preeminence in space exploration, technology, innovation, and scientific discovery," said
Palazzo said the budget being suggested by the
"I don't think most Americans are aware that we can't get Americans out in space without hitching rides with the Russians," Palazzo said.
Weaver said that the bill would continue to ensure that jobs would be outsourced to
"We are especially concerned the bill cuts funding for space technology -- the "seed corn" that allows the nation to conduct ever more capable and affordable space missions -- and the innovative and cost-effective commercial crew program, which will break our sole dependence on foreign partners to get to the
The draft bill was approved by the House subcommittee by a vote of 11 to 9.
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