NASAâ€ˆstates going ballistic over cash cuts
A bipartisan group of Texas and Florida lawmakers is pressuring House appropriators to restore hundreds of millions of dollars for space travel, warning that cutting NASAâ€™s budget next year could hurt the economy and national security.
House members from the two states that house NASAâ€™s major space centers met Wednesday to discuss ways to restore the funding, while Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) blasted the proposed reductions as â€œdestructive.â€
The issue has brought together about a dozen lawmakers â€” including some, such as Reps. John Culberson (R-Texas) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who are typically on the opposite sides of most political debates on Capitol Hill.
Yet they all have a vested interest in seeing the nationâ€™s manned space programs continue at full speed.
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