NASA has huge cuts in its aeronautics and technologies programs. Space Today 11 (2/13, http://www.spacetoday.net/Summary/5190)
The House Appropriations Committee released late Friday proposed legislation that would cut NASA's budget by over half a billion dollars from the administration's request for 2011. The continuing resolution, which would fund NASA and other federal agencies for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, cuts the administration's proposed $19-billion budget for NASA by $579 million, or $303 million below what the agency got in 2010. NASA's science, exploration, and aeronautics and space technology accounts would each get cut by over $500 million each, while space operations, which covers the shuttle and ISS, would get an increase over the proposed 2011 budget to account for continued shuttle operations through at least the middle of this year. The bill includes a provision removing language from a 2010 appropriations act that prevented NASA from canceling elements of Constellation, and another provision that prohibits NASA from spending any funds on cooperation with China. The legislation will be taken up by the full House in the next week, although key members of the Senate have criticized the legislation, indicating its passage is not assured. NASA and the rest of the government have been running on a series of stopgap spending bills since the fiscal year began last October 1, which continues agency programs at 2010 spending levels.
NASA is facing budget cuts in the shuttle and environmental programs Svitak 11 (Amy, Staff @ Space.com, 4/6, http://www.space.com/11315-nasa-budget-cuts-congress-bill.html)
NASA could lose $139 million in funding this year if Congress adopts a short-term spending bill introduced by the U.S. House of Representatives April 4 to keep the government operating through mid-April. The proposal, which includes $12 billion in proposed reductions to discretionary spending in 2011 and would fund the U.S. Defense Department through the remainder of the fiscal year, would trim NASA’s space shuttle program by nearly $100 million below the 2010 appropriated level of $6.14 billion. Another $40 million cut would come from the agency’s construction and environmental compliance account, for which Congress appropriated $448 million last year. If enacted, the temporary spending bill, H.R. 1363, would prevent a government shutdown for an additional week beyond Friday (April 8), when the current stopgap spending measure expires.
NASA barely has enough to fund current space tech research. Bhattacharjee 11 (Yudhijit, Staff @ ScienceInside, 4/12, http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/04/nasa-science-budget-holds-steady.html)
There is $3.8 billion for the exploration directorate, which includes $1.8 billion for the development of a heavy-lift vehicle and $1.2 billion for building a multipurpose crew capsule to go into low-Earth orbit. The bill, H.R. 1473, also gives NASA permission to cancel the Constellation Program. Until now, NASA had been prevented from terminating Constellation, which was keeping it from starting on the new initiatives. The Science Mission Directorate will get $4.945 billion, just $60 million short of what the President requested, and $452 million more than what it got in 2010. However, that amount seems unlikely to be enough to solve some of the science mission's financial difficulties, which includes an over-budget and behind-schedule James Webb Space Telescope.
Link – NASA Budget Tight
NASA has a low budget now because of stop gap Berger 11 (Brian, staff @ space.com, 2/11, http://www.spacenews.com/policy/110210-house-propose-nasa-cut.html)
NASA’s budget would drop at least $103 million this year if Congress adopts spending cuts proposed by the House Appropriations Committee. NASA, like the rest of the federal government, has been operating since October under a stopgap spending measure that expires March 4. For NASA, the stopgap measure — known as a continuing resolution — has meant making do with the $18.724 billion Congress appropriated for 2010. House appropriators intend to introduce a new continuing resolution soon that would fund the government through the end of September. Among the $74 billion in cuts outlined Feb. 9 is a $379 million reduction to NASA’s proposed $19 billion budget for 2011. If enacted, that would leave NASA funded at $18.621 billion, or $103 million below the agency’s 2010 level.
NASA’s funding could get cut to 17 billion, and is still funding programs that are due to be cancelled Roskens 11 ( Jess, Staff @ Prairie News, 2/15, http://www.theprairienews.com/2011/02/15/nasa-faces-budget-cuts/)
Instead of looking at a budget increase for NASA, Congress could be looking at a decrease to 2008 levels ($17 billion). A spending reduction act proposed by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) would make this change. Many experts say this proposal is going to make the deep-space goals more difficult. Even more troubling for NASA, as pointed out by NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin in a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Ralph Hall (R-TX), until Congress gives the go ahead, NASA cannot start work on the SLS, but also cannot stop working on the Ares rockets from the cancelled Constellation project. “Due to restrictive language in NASA’s fiscal year (FY) 2010 appropriation (the Constellation program NASA is continuing to spend approximately $200 million each month on the Constellation Program,” General Martin said. “Aspects of [the Constellation Program that] both NASA and Congress have agreed not to build.”
Link – NASA Jobs Down
NASA budget constraints are causing job cuts across the board Kuo 11 ( Vivian, Staff @ CNN, 4/7, http://articles.cnn.com/2011-04-07/us/alabama.nasa.cuts_1_nasa-administrator-charlie-bolden-nasa-employees-contractor?_s=PM:US)
NASA said Thursday, because of budget constraints, between 150 and 300 contractor positions will be eliminated at the Marshall Space Flight Center, the agency's Huntsville, Alabama facility. "Funding to Center support contractors will be reduced and that will result in reductions to the contractor workforce here," NASA said in a statement. Marshall spokesman Dominic Amatore said the furloughs were not wholly unexpected. "Our director back in January talked about budget issues and at that time, told employees about forming groups to look at expenditures, especially procurement money," he said. Advertisement Amatore said Marshall Center director Robert Lightfoot delivered an all-hands message on Tuesday to announce the layoffs. "The cuts are broadly across the center," Amatore said. "The jobs that are directly affected by this budget involve center operations and maintenance, so it really cuts across the operation." The contract employees will get additional information from the organizations they work in and, ultimately, from the specific contract companies they work for, Amatore said
More than 1, 000 cuts have happened in NASA and there will be even more as the shuttle program comes to the end Padmore 10 (Russell, Business Reporter @ BBC, 4/7, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10535140)
The US's leading space contractor is to cut the jobs of more than 1,000 of the world's leading scientists and technicians after Nasa ended its space shuttle programme. United Space Alliance, which manages the shuttle fleet and handles Nasa's International Space Station, said most jobs would go in Florida and Texas. Two shuttle missions remain, which are scheduled to be completed by 2011. The job cuts represent about 15% of the workforce, with more cuts expected. "People being laid off now is just the beginning. Many more thousands will be laid of as the shuttle programme is wound down," Keith Cowing, the editor of space specialist website Nasa Watch, told the BBC World Service.
NASA has already made thousands of budget cuts
Dean 11 (James, Staff @ Federal Times, 3/17, http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20110317/AGENCY01/103170305/1001)
Already coping with thousands of layoffs tied to the shuttle program's end, Kennedy Space Center is cutting more jobs because of flat federal financing so far this year. About 150 positions are expected to be eliminated by April 1 to reduce costs associated with the center's day-to-day operations. Custodial, library, health, security and transportation services are among those affected by reductions in hours or staffing. "I know that these reductions will not be easy," center Director Bob Cabana wrote in a memo to employees last month. "All of the changes have been thoroughly considered, and we believe they are the best possible solutions to a very difficult problem." The problem is that the space center, like the rest of NASA, has been operating at 2010 financing levels for nearly the first half of the 2011 fiscal year while Congress has haggled over the budget