Obama proposes five-year freeze on NASA budget


AFP
February 14, 2011

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Monday proposed reining in expenses at NASA, sending his 2012 budget blueprint to Congress calling for a five-year freeze on new spending at the US space agency.

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The president would restrict NASA’s budget to last year’s levels, $18.7 billion annually through fiscal 2016. The figure represents a 1.6-percent decrease from the spending total the agency had sought for fiscal 2011, which ends in September.

“This budget reflects the overall fiscal reality of the US government. There is not a lot of money available,” said John Logsdon, a former director of the Space Policy Institute in Washington.

“It should not compromise what NASA wants to do but it certainly would slow it down,” said Logsdon, an independent consultant to the Obama administration. “They intend to do everything, just it will be a slightly slower schedule.”

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