Kosmas hoping for House shift on NASA bill
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.” ï»¿
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.