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house Bill H.R. 810

Should NASA Get $18 Billion In Funding This Year?

Argument in favor

NASA is a critical mechanism for generating scientific knowledge, stimulating the human imagination, and even protecting the planet from asteroids. Fund it.

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02/12/2015
NASA is the pinnacle of innovation. Science should be a #1 priority for our government, society and culture. Please give NASA lots of money.
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02/18/2015
Budgets are tight and the economy is fragile. Spending money on NASA might seem frivolous. It isn't. Exploring the cosmos, learning more about what the universe is made of, and expanding the reach of human hands is essential to the eventual survival of us. Further, a GREAT deal of what NASA does is focus on us here on earth - from studying climate change, to solar flares, and more, NASA is an integral part of scientific monitoring and research. Plus, astronaut ice cream!
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Mamoun's Opinion
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12/19/2015
The 2015 US defense budget was $601 billion dollars. Reducing this budget by $18 billion would not affect the security of our nation, and would promote the development of a wide array of new technologies that may become crucial tools for humanity in the future.
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Argument opposed

The oceans are an acidic stew of plastic bags, children are starving on the streets of every city in the U.S., and you want to spend $18 billion to send some jerks to Mars?

Robert's Opinion
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02/18/2015
I can think of 18 billion reasons not to support this bill. Let private industry explore the universe for now. Is it worth borrowing billions from China to fund?Maybe when our debt is under control.
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Tom's Opinion
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02/12/2015
Current debt spells no. Eighteen billion dollars will certainly help to clear the debt and keep Social Security alive.
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Richard's Opinion
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02/14/2015
no not now we need to reduce debt and maintain our existing equipment
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What is House Bill H.R. 810?

This bill gives the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) permission to use its $18 billion-dollar budget. The programs this legislation approves include:

 -Development for a program to send humans to Mars, and a program to launch a probe to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.

 - Continued development of the James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2018, which would search for new planets and objects that could collide with Earth.

 - The creation of a commercial system for transporting astronauts to the International Space Station.

 - Authorizes a new aeronautics testing program that would include new regulations for air traffic safety and unmanned aircrafts (drones). 

 - Increased institutional oversight and transparency.

Impact

NASA, taxpayers, the world’s scientific knowledge, the hopes and dreams of the American people.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 810

$18.01 Billion
A CBO estimate is unavailable. However, the bill text authorizes $18 billion dollars for FY 2015.

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In Depth: 

NASA’s funding won’t come without cuts to existing programs. On the chopping block this year is SOFIA, a telescope-equipped 747, whose ability to get above most of Earth’s atmosphere gives it a better view of the cosmos.


Of Note:

NASA says that it could put a human on Mars by 2033. It would require building a really big rocket, and pushing an asteroid into the moon’s orbit to function as a sort of mid-point. Work on the really big rocket has begun, but political infighting might hamper its progress. That, and the fact that it would probably cost $100 billion over several decades.


NASA’s commercial crew program would partner the agency with private companies Boeing and SpaceX. Though the program has been in place for a number of years, it has consistently failed to get its requested funding.


As for the critics of NASA's budget — take it away, Gil.


Media:

SpaceRef

Houston Chronicle

CNN

Vox


(Photo Credit: Flickr user NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

AKA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2015

Official Title

To authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed February 10th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedFebruary 9th, 2015

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    NASA is the pinnacle of innovation. Science should be a #1 priority for our government, society and culture. Please give NASA lots of money.
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    Budgets are tight and the economy is fragile. Spending money on NASA might seem frivolous. It isn't. Exploring the cosmos, learning more about what the universe is made of, and expanding the reach of human hands is essential to the eventual survival of us. Further, a GREAT deal of what NASA does is focus on us here on earth - from studying climate change, to solar flares, and more, NASA is an integral part of scientific monitoring and research. Plus, astronaut ice cream!
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    The 2015 US defense budget was $601 billion dollars. Reducing this budget by $18 billion would not affect the security of our nation, and would promote the development of a wide array of new technologies that may become crucial tools for humanity in the future.
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    Science is critical to our future. There are plenty of other places to cut in the budget. Science should not be one of them.
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    I can think of 18 billion reasons not to support this bill. Let private industry explore the universe for now. Is it worth borrowing billions from China to fund?Maybe when our debt is under control.
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    NASA is vital to technological progress and the American economy. It will create more high paying jobs within and outside the US government.
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    Lets take care of the planet we live on before we go to another one and screw it up!
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    At this time, this kind of funding is a luxury. This is not the sixties. We have real problems to address, like saving our own planet.
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    Current debt spells no. Eighteen billion dollars will certainly help to clear the debt and keep Social Security alive.
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    18 billion is a drop in a bucket to the government. It is less than a 50th of the total budget so it wouldn't help any areas if you were to stick it somewhere else. Science and space explorations have garnered so many advantages for every day life (satellites, mri, gps) that it would be ignorant to avoid budget spending there. Science and technology drives economies.
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    Space is the new frontier. We have to lead in the exploration and colonization of space
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    no not now we need to reduce debt and maintain our existing equipment
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    The NASA program has always been the pride of America. Having said that, America needs to get her priorities in order. We just can't afford it.
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    12 YEARS
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    Give NASA more money, give people something else to focus their energy and attention on, get us to Mars, Titan, human beings are either exploring or imploding. There needs to be the next great space endeavor ASAP!!!
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    To spy on the wrong people? I think not. Like peeping toms.
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    An indispensable source of science and innovation. One federal agency that has paid for itself 100 fold.
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    NASA's inovations more than make up their cost
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    When we're spending more yearly on defense than NASA's lifetime budget, we need to reevaluate our priorities. This is just the normal finding it gets yearly, it's not even an increase. Not only does NASA provide us more knowledge about our place in the Universe, it helps the economy. NASA has produced technology in its just under 58 years of existence that we can't think of not having available to us today.
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    We must stop spending on all marginal programs. Our national debt is unacceptable.
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