Commercial Space in Jeopardy, Call Your Senator TODAY
I urge 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. Contrary to the White House’s request and recommendations of the Augustine Commission, Senator Bill Nelson‘s proposed NASA Authorization Bill slashes commercial space by $2.1 billion (up to 66%). Virginia’s Senator Warner is ready to ride to the rescue with an amendment restoring full funding to the program, but he needs YOUR help to gain support from other Senators.
Warner’s amendment will go for vote in less than 36 hours! This is a simple up/down vote. Does the US Senate want to preserve a few thousand politically important, government funded jobs for a few more years, or would it rather stimulate the creation of millions of new private sector jobs that will last into the 22nd century? Friends of commercial space, now is the time to call your Senator to say, “Please support the Warner Amendment for commercial crew that will create over 10,000 jobs, and reduce our dependence on Russian rockets!”
Numerous experts, academic studies and presidentially-appointed commissions have been calling for a transformation of NASA’s relationship to the private sector – since long before the invention of the World Wide Web. Now that there is a serious effort to accomplish this goal, it would be a terrible waste to have it derailed by old fashioned pork barrel politics. This is your chance to make history in space policy and wake Congress from the Constellation Hallucination! Arm yourself against Misperceptions Related to Commercial Spaceflight and call your Senator today!
Full information about the amendment and Committee Senators’ phone numbers are listed below. Also below is information about Senator Udall‘s amendment to protect NASA’s CRuSR program, which will use new commercial suborbital vehicles to perform science experiments for NASA’s mission. Please register your support for these two amendments!
“commercial crew / close the gap amendment”
This amendment, proposed by Senator Warner of Virginia, would close the U.S. human spaceflight gap by fully reversing cuts to commercial crew development funding and by removing arbitrary restrictions preventing a commercial crew competition from beginning in 2011. The amendment would boost commercial crew funding to the level recommended by the President, adding $2.1 billion over three years, a nearly threefold increase. This will reduce our reliance on Russia for human spaceflight capability and ensure U.S. access to the International Space Station.
“commercial suborbital science amendment”
This amendment, proposed by Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, would bolster a small but high-profile program designed to allow students, small companies, and researchers to fly experiments aboard new commercial suborbital space vehicles such as those being developed by Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace. The amendment would ensure that this program, known as Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR), would be fully funded at $15 million per year and would report directly to NASA’s Chief Technology Office to give it high-profile status.
Committee Senators Call List
Alaska Begich 202-224-3004
Arkansas Pryor 202-224-2353
California Boxer 202-224-3553
Florida Nelson 202-224-5274
Hawaii Inouye 202-224-3934
Massachusetts Kerry 202-224-2742
Minnesota Klobuchar 202-224-3244
Missouri McCaskill 202-224-6154
New Jersey Lautenberg 202-224-3224
New Mexico Udall 202-224-6621
North Dakota Dorgan 202-224-2551
Virginia Warner 202-224-2023
Washington State Cantwell 202-224-3441
West Virginia Rockefeller (Chair) 202-224-6472
Florida LeMieux 202-224-3041
Georgia Isakson 202-224-3643
Kansas Brownback 202-224-6521
Louisiana Vitter 202-224-4623
Maine Snowe 202-224-5344
Mississippi Wicker 202-224-6253
Nebraska Johanns 202-224-4224
Nevada Ensign 202-224-6244
South Carolina DeMint 202-224-6121
South Dakota Thune 202-224-2321
Texas Hutchison (Ranking Member) 202-224-5922