Report from Washington, D.C.

Republicans Recommend NASA Cuts

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

 Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee recently sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction recommending “over $1.5 billion in savings in FY 2012,” including cutting $177 million from the NASA budget by taking the following actions:

• Cancel the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 missions
• Reduce the Other Missions and Data Analysis account within the Earth Systematic Missions portfolio by 20 percent
• Reduce the Venture Class Missions account within the Earth System Science Pathfinder Missions by 20 percent

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has until Nov. 23 to approve a plan that would cut $1.2 trillion from the overall U.S. budget over the next 10 years.

This article is part of Space Watch: November 2011 (Volume: 10, Issue: 11).

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