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NASA Exploration Systems Fully Funded Under House Appropriations Measure: Congressman Aderholt Leader in Effort

July 26, 2007
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) today announced that the House of Representatives fully funded the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Exploration Systems at the President’s requested level of $3.923 billion.

“This is an important day for NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center in particular. For the last several years NASA, particularly its exploration programs, has suffered from a lack of funding that has compromised its core missions,” said Congressman Aderholt. “My hope is that this is only the first step in an ongoing effort to ensure that the United States remains a leader in space exploration.”

The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 281 to 142.

On April 18, 2007, Congressman Aderholt sent a letter to Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Chairman Alan Mollohan and Ranking Member Rodney Frelinghuysen requesting that NASA Exploration Systems be funded at $4.423 billion. This amount was a $500 million increase over the President’s requested level. This increase was intended to make up for the $500 million cut that occurred when Congress passed the FY2007 Continuing Resolution earlier this year.

“This significant cut in funding for NASA’s Exploration Systems was one of the reasons that I voted against the Continuing Resolution,” said Congressman Aderholt. “NASA told Congress that it would take this $500 million increase in order to make them whole. While that hasn’t happened yet I hold out hope that as this bill moves through the legislative process additional money will be found to make this happen.”

The FY2008 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill provides the annual funding for several federal departments including the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Justice Department, NASA and other agencies.

The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate for further action. 

To see a copy of Congressman Aderholt's April 18, 2007 letter, please click on the link below.