Sunday, May 3, 2009

Congresswoman Wins Battle to Eliminate Hard Deadline for Shuttle Retirement (Source: Suzanne Kosmas)

Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24) announced that the House and Senate conference agreement on the budget resolution reflects her request to include a provision that removes the hard deadline for Shuttle retirement. The final budget resolution also provides an additional $2.5 billion in FY-2011 for the Shuttle program, giving NASA the flexibility it needs to fly the current manifest beyond 2010.Congresswoman Kosmas voted against the original House version citing the lack of flexibility and funding for the Shuttle program past 2010. Last week, Kosmas sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Budget Committees outlining the risks associated with a hard deadline and urging them to include a Senate provision that would give NASA the flexibility to fly the Shuttle into 2011 if necessary. (4/28)


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