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Well for what it's worth I believe Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) was speaking just prior, then another male voice that was not introduced starts speaking. I assume it was someone on the CJS subcommittee, possibly Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) judging by his accent and his strong support for SLS, but maybe not.

Anyway, thanks for your keen insight into the American political process. I'm sure you have a better understanding of US Senate politics than I do.

Update: Yes, the speaker was confirmed as Sen. Shelby at the end of his address to the committee.

Shelby has a history of verbally beating up NASA administrators.

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Taxpayers are to be saved from funding more than 2 companies.

NASA is not directed to down select they're just being given the money and they can decide what they want to do.

Can't wait for the announcement of commercial crew in 2019  ::)

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Can't wait for the announcement of commercial crew in 2019  ::)
After all the continuing resolutions from Congress (and a few hearings where they pound their fists on the table demanding more accountability and traditional contracting methods and other concessions and 1000000:1 safety), etc, that sounds about right.
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To the maximum extent practicable, the Federal Government shall plan missions to accommodate the space transportation services capabilities of United States commercial providers. US law http://goo.gl/YZYNt0

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Glad to see the increase for commercial crew in the draft bill.

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Glad to see the increase for commercial crew in the draft bill.

It is still over US$ 300 million below the requested amount.

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Glad to see the increase for commercial crew in the draft bill.

It is still over US$ 300 million below the requested amount.

The requested amount was always a nonstarter.

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The CJS Apropriation bill passed the Senate Full Appropriation Committee:
http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news.cfm?method=news.view&id=d35e20a5-aee5-4d66-b3fd-107ce746d537

I imagine that the text of the bill will be available in a couple of days.

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At 56 minutes of the audio of the full committee markup, Senator Hutchison suggests that NASA down select to two providers and then choose only one provider for a crewed services contract:
http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/webcasts.cfm?method=webcasts.view&id=e9535800-8237-4e29-be6d-0352e3d4874c

She says that some in the House agree with her.

This actually goes against her own statements on the bill:
http://hutchison.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1085
http://hutchison.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1083
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We also provide commercial crew with a $119 million increase over last year to allow NASA to select at least two competitors that could provide access to the International Space Station by 2017.
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