Local Leaders Question White House’s Commitment To The NASA SLS

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(WHNT) – It’s not often you find something House Republicans and Senate Democrats can agree on, but members of both the House and Senate Appropriations committees believe the NASA administrator and the White House aren’t giving proper funding the the Space Launch System.

“The White House is underfunding SLS, and that creates the risk it may to be canceled just like the Constellation program,” warned Representative Mo Brooks.

The White House requested a $1.38 billion budget for the SLS. The House appropriations committee asked for $1.6 billion, and the Senate committee $1.7 billion.

“It’s our hope that this additional funding will allow NASA to do what it does best at the Marshall Space Flight Center,” said Brooks. “And that’s to build rockets to propel American astronauts into space so we are no longer in a position to hitch a ride to the International Space Station from the Russians.

NASA currently relies on Russian rockets to get astronauts to the ISS. Those trips cost $70 million per astronaut.

While Brooks believes commercial crew is one way to get Americans in space, he says SLS is a more viable option for long term space exploration and national security.



  • Say What

    Republicans are suppose to support privatization of government activities. They are suppose to support private companies developing the next generation of space vehicles — not more big government! As I always say, everyone is a socialist when it benefits them (and it really benefits North Alabama)!!

    • Marcel Williams

      “Republicans are suppose to support privatization of government activities.”

      So you want to replace the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines with private militias like BlackWater???

      NASA needs a heavy lift vehicle. And a private company named Boeing is building them one. And even Elon wants to build a heavy lift vehicle so he can go to Mars someday.


  • Nuclear Mike

    This was already fore told from other sources…get ready Huntsville/Decatur for the funding to dry up.

    • Say What

      No need to worry. The local political representatives will fight to keep big government in their districts.

  • hopdavid

    Using SLS to ferry stuff to the I.S.S. is like using a Mac truck to deliver pizza. Mo Brooks stands for pork barrel spending (like most Republicans). Shelby is trying to sabotage the Space X Falcon and Dragon. It looks like the great state of Alabama seeks to cripple space exploration.

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