The US House of Representatives will soon be voting on the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, legislation that will determine the direction of NASA for the next three years.

There is contention in the space community over differences in the language and funding allocations between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The SEDS-USA executive board encourages members of the general public, industry, and students to evaluate the differences between the two versions and form their own opinion on this crucial matter.

The SEDS-USA Executive Board finds the House version (H.R. 5781) inadequate in its funding and policy decisions, and urges the House to adopt the Senate version of the authorization.

SEDS-USA encourages everyone to voice their opinion on this issue.
House Representatives can be reached either by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected to your Representative, or by directly looking up their numbers at http://www.congress.org/congressorg/officials/congress.

To help get your point across when you call your representative, fill in the blanks of this statement:
“Hello, my name is (First Name) (Last Name). I am a resident of (Town) (State), calling to encourage (Name of Representative) to push for approval of the (Senate or House) version of the NASA Authorization Act.”

The authorization acts in full can be found at http://tinyurl.com/AuthorizationHouse and http://tinyurl.com/AuthorizationSenate.

Don’t have time to read both of the proposals? SEDS has made a side-by-side comparison of the funding differences in the two versions of the bill to help you make an informed decision. This comparison can be seen below:

The differences between the two bills amount to more than just money, and a good summary can be found at http://tinyurl.com/3xp3nya.

Whichever bill you feel is superior, it is imperative you call your House Representatives before Tuesday, September 28!

1 comment

  1. Rick Hanton October 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

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    So for an update, the Senate version passed, which didn’t make everyone happy, but for most it was “good enough”.

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