Space Coast congressional representative Sandy Adams sent a letter March 20 to the chair of the House Appropriations Committee requesting a 40% cut in the amount requested by the White House for NASA's Fiscal Year 2013 commercial crew budget.
The request includes $829.7 million for the Commercial Crew program. While this request is $329.7 million over the authorized levels for the program, the prioritization of human space flight within the budget is encouraging. I believe the Commercial Crew Program can continue on schedule under the agreed upon authorized level of $500 million and I support such an allocation of funds. This level of funding will enable NASA to continue encouraging the private development of safe and affordable space transportation systems to carry American astronauts on American rockets built by an American workforce to and from the International Space Station.
I wrote Ms. Adams a month ago asking her to fully support the Administration's request, so that the United States could cease relying upon Russia for flights to the ISS. Ms. Adams' office did not respond.