Kosmas Wants House NASA Funding Bill to Better Resemble Senate Version

Kosmas hoping for House shift on NASA bill
Florida Today

Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas, whose district includes Kennedy Space Center, hopes the U.S. House will vote soon on a NASA authorization bill that looks more like the Senate’s.

“We are in negotiations between the Senate and the House, very aggressively seeking resolution to overcome the differences,” Kosmas, D-New Smyrna Beach, said today. “The negotiations are happening as we speak. We are hoping that we will have a move-forward plan by the middle of next week and that we will be able to cast a vote on it.” 

Senate authorizers and appropriators passed a bill that supports commercial crew taxis instead of a NASA crew launcher and accelerates development of a heavy-lift rocket.

A House bill would essentially continue the Constellation program and offer little commercial support. Supporters so far have held their ground, despite requests for amendments from members including Kosmas.

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Editor’s Note: If Congress can’t agree on a NASA budget before the fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, it will need to pass a continuing resolution that will keep NASA programs largely running in accordance with the existing budget. This will create a period of uncertainty that will extend at least until after the mid-term elections in early November.