Washington, D.C. -This morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced House passage of the fiscal year 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill by a vote of 321 to 87. The bill funds the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies. While this legislation contains $51.2 billion in total discretionary funding, a reduction of $398 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level, it increases funding for NASA by $250 million above the 2014 enacted level. In addition, this bill supports policies that enable a substantially better launch tempo for the Space Launch System (SLS) than currently projected by NASA.
Congressman Brooks' statement:
"Today the House reaffirmed our commitment to NASA and human spaceflight with passage of the CJS Appropriations bill for FY 2015. This legislation funds NASA at $17.9 billion, $250 million above the 2014 enacted level, which ensures SLS and Orion have adequate resources to remain on schedule for upcoming flight program milestones. In addition, this bill establishes protections for SLS by directing that NASA ensure all vehicle development funding leverages existing investments, promotes efficiency through commonality of design and simultaneous development, and minimizes the need for redesigns or other costly changes affecting future SLS vehicle configurations. Overall, I am pleased the House passed the CJS Appropriations bill, which helps keep communities safe, focuses on key growth policies, prioritizes programs that boost American exceptionalism, and reins in unnecessary discretionary spending."
* Congressman Brooks serves as Vice-Chair of the Space Subcommittee on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
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