Lawmakers Try to Reverse NASA Budget Cuts

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NASA states going ballistic over cash cuts
The Hill

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 NASA’s budget next year could hurt the economy and national security.

House members from the two states that house NASA’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 “destructive.”

The issue has brought together about a dozen lawmakers — 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 nation’s manned space programs continue at full speed.

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