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By: Susie77 , 3:58 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
What happens when we fight two unnecessary and unfunded wars, while lowering taxes for the wealthy at the same time. :(
U.S. President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $17.7 billion for
NASA for 2013, an amount that would leave the agency funded at its
lowest level in four years, according to sources familiar with the
forthcoming budget proposal.
NASA’s planetary science division would shoulder a heavy share of the cut. Under the president’s proposal, its budget would drop from $1.5 billion to $1.2 billion, a 20 percent reduction.
Due on Capitol Hill Feb. 13, the $17.7 billion NASA budget proposal
represents only a slight reduction from the $17.8 billion Congress approved in November
for 2012. But compared to the $18.7 billion Obama penciled in for 2013
in the five-year budget he sent Congress this time last year, it
represents a 5 percent cut.
Things could have been worse. According to a source familiar with the
Obama administration’s internal budget deliberations, the White House
Office of Management and Budget asked the agency last fall to submit
budget proposals for three scenarios: a 5 percent cut, a 10 percent cut
and a 15 percent cut, relative to the outyear spending plan submitted
last year. [Photos: President Obama and NASA]
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