The White House, Senate and House policy guidelines all provide for a total NASA budget of about $19 billion, but each provides different and conflicting directions .
The House committee, chaired by Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., directs NASA to build upon $9 billion already invested in the Constellation program, which the White House proposed terminating in its February budget request for fiscal year 2011.
“In an environment of constrained budgets, responsible stewardship of taxpayer-provided resources makes it imperative that NASA’s exploration program be carried out in a manner that builds on the investments made to date in the Orion, Ares 1 and heavy-lift projects,” the draft bill says.
The draft bill also calls for NASA to develop a heavy-lift rocket by the end of this decade.
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