The House is expected to take up today a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government operating for two more weeks and thus avoiding a government shutdown at the end of the week. The House CR would include $4 billion in cuts, although none of them would appear to directly affect NASA or other space activities. The White House and Senate leadership would prefer a month-long CR to allow more time to work out a final FY11 spending bill, although House Speaker John Boehner prefers the two-week version, POLITICO reports.
Another stopgap funding bill isn’t the only thing on appropriators’ minds in the House. On Thursday morning NASA administrator Charles Bolden will appear before the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee to discuss the administration’s FY12 budget request. That will be just a day after Bolden testifies on the same topic before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
As Congress weighs NASA’s future funding, the space agency’s Indian counterpart is getting some good budgetary news. India’s 2011 budget includes a 35-percent increase for the Indian Space Research Organisation: 66.26 billion rupees (US$1.47 billion) for 2011-12 versus 48.8 billion rupees ($1.08 billion) in 2010-11, according to Indian government budget documents. Some of that additional funding will go towards India’s nascent human spaceflight plans as well as its Chandrayaan-2 robotic lunar mission.