Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pigs at the Trough

The war of words continues between U.S. senators regardless of partisan stripe, as they fight over whose states get the pork from the Space Launch System.

Florida Today reports that senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have sent a letter to the White House countering claims by five Republican senators from other states, trying to steer SLS funding to their states.

In a letter to the White House dated Friday, Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio suggest an apparent "misunderstanding" about the need to fund not only the design and construction of a rocket, but facilities from which to process and launch it ...

Earlier this month, a group of five Republican senators from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi accused the Obama Administration of funding KSC upgrades "only tangentially related" to the rocket known as the Space Launch System ...

Such work would be performed at NASA facilities represented by the letter signers: Richard Shelby, Jeff Sessions, Thad Cochran, Roger Wicker and David Vitter.

In my opinion, the strongest argument in favor of commercial space is that it would take space access out of the hands of Congress.

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