NASA would absorb a $397 million cut under spending reductions proposed by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY). The cuts would be made as part of a continuing resolution that would fund the U.S. government from March 3 to the end of the fiscal year in September.
The cuts, based upon a $19 billion FY 2011 request by President Barack Obama, would leave NASA operating on a budget of just over $18.6 billion. Congress had reduced the President’s request slightly to $18.93 billion as part of an authorization bill that it passed last year.
However, Congress failed to pass an appropriations bill that would have allowed the space agency to spend that money, leaving the agency at its FY2010 funding level of $18.724 billion and preventing it from shutting down the canceled Constellation program and beginning new commercial efforts. Rogers’ proposed cuts would thus require NASA to spend about $103 million less than its current operating budget.
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