Obama to Shift $100 Million From NASA to Other Departments for Job Creation

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

Space News reports that the Obama Administration wants to shift money from NASA to two other government departments that it believes could better spur job growth:

NASA stands to lose $100 million under an amended budget request U.S. President Barack Obama sent to Congress June 18.

The money, a small part of the roughly $19 billion NASA could receive under the 2011 budget request Obama sent to Congress in February, would instead go to the Departments of Commerce and Labor for initiatives aimed at helping Florida and other states bracing for job losses associated with the end of the space shuttle program.

“This request would fund an initiative to develop a plan to spur regional economic growth and job creation along the Florida Space Coast and other affected regions in furtherance of my Administration’s bold new course for human space flight, which revitalizes NASA and transitions to new opportunities in the space industry and beyond,” Obama wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a June 18 letter detailing a number of changes to his 2011 budget request. A copy of the letter was obtained by Space News.

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