very nice read there, from what ive read, it looks like the AMS is gettings its flight? althought im no good at reading things like that.
If I was a US Taxpayer, I'd be saying "why can't my money be going on this, and not bailing out some rich banker 10s of times over." You get a lot of money's worth out of this 20 billion!
Wooow. Had no idea all this was going on behind the scenes. Thought it was mainly about saving CxP's technical mis-spendings. Had no idea it was this exciting!
There's something for everyone in that Bill. Is that usual?
Why is everyone excited about an authorization bill? These things are near-meaningless, non-binding bills that don't appropriate any actual money, nor set any policy. NASA is under the same continuing resolution as everyone else as far as I know, and it will be *at least* next spring when an appropriation is finally taken up. By then there will be a new Congress and a new President, neither of which have any reason to pay any attention whatsoever to this bill. There's a better-than-average chance that no appropriation bill will be passed at all during FY09 and we'll be operating under a CR for the entire year.
It's meaningless because it's non-binding. One year, the authorization for my program was for $52.5 million and the appropriation later was for $28.5 million, and that was within the same Congress! This is even less meaningful than that because the appropriation will be by a new Congress signed (or not) by a new President, and possibly even during a new fiscal year (FY10).