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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Constellation

This is the kind of thing that makes me want to beat people with a stick:

Congress has again failed to rid a temporary spending bill of language forcing NASA to waste $1.4 million a day on its defunct Constellation moon program.

Though Congress passed a new stopgap spending bill last week, the measure retained a leftover provision from the 2010 budget that bars the agency from shutting down Constellation, which Congress and the White House agreed to cancel last October.

This so-called “Shelby provision” — named for U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, who inserted it into the 2010 budget — is expected to cost NASA roughly $29 million during the three-week budget extension through April 8. It has already cost the agency nearly $250 million since Oct. 1.

To give you a sense of scale—$250 million could pay for most of a small mission.  It’s close to what we’re spending on either NPR or Planned Parenthood.  It’s not nothing.  It’s one of the rare “low-hanging fruit” that Congress can cut since Constellation is a dead program.  But we can’t cut it because Senator Shelby is hoping to resurrect Constellation.  Or something.

Here’s how insane things have gotten.  The national GOP can’t bring themselves to cut funding for a dead program.  But Governor Brown is putting forward $11.2 billion in spending cuts in California—cuts, not slowing the rate of growth.  You read that right—Governor Moonbeam is in more of a program-killing mood than our conservative Congress.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/26/11 at 06:42 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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