NASA’s funding is getting increases in Earth science and ISS Morrissey 11 (Susan R., Staff @ Chemical Engineering News, 2/28, http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/89/8909cover7.html)
The President’s 2012 request holds the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s budget flat at $18.7 billion. The agency is not reporting budget breakdowns for 2011. Instead, gains and losses are being measured against the 2010 budget. The request provides continued support for the International Space Station (ISS), setting its 2012 budget at $2.8 billion, a 22.8% increase from 2010. The support would allow expanded use of the station’s research capabilities. The request also outlines a plan for research oversight by a nonprofit organization. Earth science programs would also see growth—increasing 24.9% from 2010 to $1.8 billion in 2012. This boost would enable continued development of Earth-observing satellites such as the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which would provide information about the planet’s carbon cycle, and the Ice, Cloud & Land Elevation Satellite-2, which is an orbiting laser altimeter.
NASA cutting the constellation program has freed up $577 million Mathews 11 (Mark, Staff @ Orlando Sentinel, 4/12, http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_space_thewritestuff/2011/04/budget-deal-finally-saves-nasa-from-wasting-money.html)
The budget compromise under consideration by Congress may finally spell relief for NASA, which — thanks an unfixed budget directive — has been forced to spend more than $250 million over the last six months on its canceled Constellation moon rocket program. According to draft language of the 2011 budget, NASA no longer will be prohibited from shutting down Constellation; a constraint inserted into the 2010 budget by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, who authored the 70-word provision to help protect Constellation jobs in his home state. Normally, that type of provision would disappear once Congress passed another budget, which is due Oct. 1. But because Republicans and Democrats have been unable to agree for six months on a 2011 spending plan — and simply extended the 2010 budget — the Shelby language has stuck around. In January, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin estimated the language would cost NASA an estimated $577 million a year — or $1.4 million a day — on “potential inefficient use of funds” because the White House and Congress agreed to cancel Constellation in October.
NASA will still have funding for deep space research Eaton 11 ( Sabrina, Staff @ Cleveland News, 2/14, http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2011/02/president_obama_proposes_flat.html)
The overall fiscal plan for NASA would trim money from its administrative budget and earth science programs, maintain the heavy lift vehicle and crew capsule at their 2011 authorization levels, and boost funding for aeronautics, an area where Glenn Research Center excels. Under Obama's plan, aeronautics funding would rise from $497 million in 2010 to $569 million in the 2012 fiscal year. Congress did not pass a 2011 budget, and is funding the government with a series of temporary spending measures. In 2011. President Obama recommended spending $501 million for aeronautics. A NASA authorization bill that became law last year suggested $580 million. NASA officials said their budget will invest in research and technology the agency needs for missions to deep space, and its aeronautics programs will increasingly focus on aviation safety and airspace efficiency.
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NASA’s cuts are based on Obama’s proposed budget-not what the budget was. Harris 11 ( Scott, Reporter @ CFNews, 2/14, http://www.cfnews13.com/article/news/2011/february/206081/NASA-facing-new-budget-cuts)
But the House Appropriations Committee is developing the official budget to take them through October, and on Wednesday, the chairman released what he called "a partial list" of 70 spending cuts that will be included in the upcoming bill that has to be passed before early March. The cuts total $74 billion. NASA's cuts are not from current funding levels. It is a cut from the Obama administration's proposed budget for this year. But it still will be a cut.
NASA was given 3.8 billion to fund the Constellation Program Edwards 11 (Julia, Staff @ National Journal, 4/22, http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0411/042211nasa-budget.htm)
Among the budget cuts that President Obama had to agree to in order to avert a government shutdown, Republicans re-gifted him one that he willingly made long ago: $3.8 billion to further NASA's space explorations. The money will fund NASA' s Constellation Program, which was cut entirely under the president's initial fiscal year 2011 budget proposal. The pride of the Constellation Program is the Orion capsule, NASA's most innovative spacecraft, for sending men to the moon. The Orion was a priority of former President George W. Bush's, but plans for construction were halted by the current administration in 2009.
Cuts don’t get kill programs – NASA will find a way to fund everything
Bodzash 4/7 (Dennis, writer @ Space News Examiner, http://www.examiner.com/space-news-in-national/last-ditch-effort-to-avoid-government-shutdown-involves-nasa-cuts) JPG
Ever since the space race ended with Apollo 11, NASA has found itself on the chopping block as only science, not national pride, has been at stake. Since NASA's budget (as a part of the total federal budget) peaked in the mid 1960s, NASA has been operating under less and less money relative to the government as a whole. However, even as its relative budget has shrank, NASA has always found ways to probe the mysteries of the cosmos. No doubt, regardless of what the next government spending bill offers, NASA will continue on its quest.
NASA is losing thousands of jobs due to budget cuts Neale 10 ( Rick, Staff @ FloridaToday, http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100226/NEWS0204/2260321/23-000-now-expected-to-lose-jobs-after-shuttle-retirement)
The local economic forecast tied to President Barack Obama's proposed NASA budget keeps growing bleaker. Revised projections now show that about 23,000 workers at and around Kennedy Space Center will lose their jobs because of the shuttles' retirement and the new proposal to cancel the development of new rockets and spacecraft. That sum includes 9,000 "direct" space jobs and -- conservatively speaking -- 14,000 "indirect" jobs at hotels, restaurants, retail stores and others that depend on activity at the space center, said Lisa Rice, Brevard Workforce president. The organization's earlier estimate of 7,000 direct jobs reflected just the retirement of the shuttle program. The updated numbers also include the cancellation of Project Constellation and other initiatives as outlined in the president's 2011 budget, Rice said.
Job losses are happening in NASA and their contractors Berger 10 ( Eric, Staff @ Houston Chronicle, 4/9, http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6950824.html)
As NASA released more details Thursday about its restructuring under President Barack Obama's space proposal, the director of Johnson Space Center expressed optimism and concern. Though he welcomed the proposed addition of a five-year, $6 billion technology development program at the Clear Lake-area space center, director Mike Coats said he is concerned about job losses and not having a space vehicle to fly. “We have some challenges to confront here,” Coats said. One of the big ones: Even contractors who will get jobs in the restructuring might find themselves out of work for up to a year as the new plans are being formulated. Since Obama released his proposed budget two months ago for the space agency, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has been working to revamp the agency.
NASA has an increase in job losses because of cancellation of the constellation program Romm 10 ( Tony, Tech Reporter @ Politico, 5/4, http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/95809-new-white-house-task-force-on-nasa-to-focus-on-job-loss)
Members of both parties, especially those who represent states and districts that are also home to key NASA bases, have primarily focused their criticism on Obama's plan to end the Constellation program -- a mission founded by former President George. W. Bush to send astronauts to the Moon and Mars. While Obama has long described an end to that program as inevitable, mostly because NASA lacks the technology to complete that mission in the near future, critics retort that it would ultimately leave the agency without a long-term mission -- and consequently would force many of its workers out of their jobs. One estimate even predicted as many as 10,000 jobs across the country could be eliminated as part of the president's first draft of the 2011 NASA budget. Those figures quickly prompted Bolden, who supports the White House's plan, to label the matter a "very serious and real concern" for his agency.
NASA job cuts are likely to continue WFTV 9 (6/1, http://www.wftv.com/news/19626363/detail.html)
The job outlook on the space coast may be even worse than first thought. Originally, NASA predicted it would lay off 3,500 workers at Kennedy Space Center when the shuttle fleet retires. However, that prediction has gone up to at least 4,000 employees. KSC's new director raised eyebrows with his newest prediction that NASA would layoff 4,000 employees, 400 more than the number NASA gave in October of last year. "The job impact is likely to keep growing," said Dale Ketchum, UCF Spaceport Technology and Institute.