Regarding this NBC News article that might make you think Obama had cut funding for NASA in 2011/2012:
The House Appropriations Committee aims to enact big spending cuts that would reduce NASA’s proposed $19 billion budget for 2011 by $578 million as part of a wider plan to trim $100 billion from the national budget, according to Space News. That would be a $303 million drop from the previous year.
Eventually this House budget was passed and became law with a continuing resolution. Here’s the CR:
Here’s the guy with his name at the top:
From that CR:
The CR provides funding above fiscal year 2010 levels for National Institute of Standards and
Technology research and manufacturing programs, as well as critical FBI national security and
prisons/detention requirements. Justice Department appropriations are reduced by $946 million
below fiscal year 2010, with significant reductions to grant and construction programs, and
Commerce Department appropriations are cut by $6.5 billion below fiscal year 2010. The bill
also includes $18.5 billion for NASA and fully funds the newly authorized exploration program.
If you read the article, you’ll see this:
The Obama administration has announced its 2012 budget request, which if approved would freeze spending for NASA and other federal agencies at 2010 levels for the next fiscal year.
The 2012 budget request allocates $18.7 billion for NASA, the same amount the agency received in 2010. That’s about $300 million less than NASA was alloted in the president’s 2011 budget request.
You might note that 18.7 is a bigger number than 18.5. Thanks, Obama!