D-Day for NewSpace, The House Front

D-Day for NewSpace, The House Front

Commercial Space in Jeopardy Again,
Call Your Congressmen NOW


by William Watson


Last week I urged American citizens interested in the affordable utilization and eventual settlement of space to take action against the attack on NASA’s new Commercial Crew Program by pork-hungry legislators in the Senate.  This week members of the House of Representatives are trying to steal away your space frontier future, just to preserve the Space-States’ status quo.  Contrary to the White House’s request and recommendations of the Augustine Commission, Representative Bart Gordon‘s proposed NASA Authorization Bill slashes commercial space by 95%, reducing it to $250 million over 5 years instead of the proposed $6 billion over five years.  The House version of the “NASA Irrelevancy Act of 2010″ also adds extremely heavy restrictions to commercial crew spending, designed to delay the program’s start.

Congressional ostriches seem willing to sacrifice practical, innovative exploration today for the possibility of Apollo-redux tomorrow.  Friends of commercial space, now is the time to call Chairman Gordon, as well as the other members of the House Science Committee, to say, “Please restore the President’s funding level for commercial crew, have the House Committee postpone a vote, and go back to the drawing board to put together a sustainable plan that makes sense for NASA and the nation!”  The Committee Representatives’ phone numbers are listed below.

As humanity celebrates the 41st Anniversary of that “one small step for man”, leap into action and inform your representatives that commercial space companies will enable America to awe the world once again!

Calls need to occur by 5 pm Eastern, Wednesday, July 21st





House Science Committee Call List


Notify Your State’s Representatives!

If you only have time to make one call, it is most important to have your opinion heard by House Science Committee Chairman Bart Gordon, a Democrat from Tennessee, at 202-225-4231.


Bart Gordon (D-TN) [Chair] (above)
Jerry F. Costello (D-IL) 202-225-5661
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) 202-225-8885
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) 202-225-5161
David Wu (D-OR) 202-225-0855
Brian Baird (D-WA) 202-225-3536
Brad Miller (D-NC) 202-225-3032
Dan Lipinski (D-IL) 202-225-5701
Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) 202-225-2542
Donna Edwards (D-MD) 202-225-8699
Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) 202-225-7032
Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) 202-225-6190
Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) 202-225-5076
Steve Rothman (D-NJ) 202-225-5061
Jim Matheson (D-UT) 202-225-3011
Lincoln Davis (D-TN) 202-225-6831
Ben Chandler (D-KY) 202-225-4706
Russ Carnahan (D-MO) 202-225-2671
Baron Hill (D-IN) 202-225-5315
Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) 202-225-2190
Charlie Wilson (D-OH) 202-225-5705
Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA) 202-225-5406
Alan Grayson (D-FL) 202-225-2176
Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) 202-225-2706
Gary Peters (D-MI) 202-225-5802


Ralph Hall (R-TX) [Ranking] 202-225-6673
Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI) 202-225-5101
Lamar Smith (R-TX) 202-225-4236
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) 202-225-2415
Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) 202-225-2721
Vern Ehlers (R-MI) 202-225-3831
Frank Lucas (R-OK) 202-225-5565
Judy Biggert (R-IL) 202-225-3515
Todd Akin (R-MO) 202-225-2561
Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) 202-225-4005
Bob Inglis (R-SC) 202-225-6030
Michael McCaul (R-TX) 202-225-2401
Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) 202-225-2778
Brian Bilbray (R-CA) 202-225-0508
Adrian Smith (R-NE) 202-225-6435
Paul C. Broun (R-GA) 202-225-4101
Pete Olson (R-TX) 202-225-5951