In their “Pledge to America” last fall, the House GOP leadership proposed cutting most discretionary spending to FY 2008 levels. That’s not enough, though, for some Republicans. On Thursday the Republican Study Committee announced its Spending Reduction Act, intended to cut federal spending by $2.5 trillion through 2021. The biggest part of that spending cut would be by limiting discretionary spending from 2012 through 2021 at FY 2006 levels (FY 2011 funding would be cut to 2008 levels). That would further reduce NASA’s budget, to about $16.5 billion a year. By comparison, the administration’s FY2011 budget proposal for NASA was $19 billion, gradually increasing to nearly $21 billion by FY2015–about $4.5 billion more than what the agency would get under the RSC’s proposal in that year.
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