Senate Approves Bill Championed by Senator Hutchison to Preserve America’s Human Spaceflight Capabilities

Measure Balances Commercial Space Investment and Robust Mission for NASA

August 5, 2010

Hutchison PortraitWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate today approved bipartisan legislation championed by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, to safeguard America’s human spaceflight capabilities while balancing commercial space investment with a robust mission for NASA.   The bill is also supported by Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), David Vitter (R-La.) and George LeMieux (R-Fla.).

“Senate passage of this comprehensive legislation is a critical milestone that will boost America’s human spaceflight program,” said Senator Hutchison.  “By embracing this bipartisan vision for the future of NASA, the Senate has spoken with a unified voice.  I encourage my colleagues in the House to take up this crucial bill in order to get NASA on track to continue its proud heritage of innovation and exploration.”

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Additional information on the bill can be found here.