Larry Klaes (
Tue, 27 Jul 1999 14:00:35 -0400

>Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 13:40:11 -0400 (EDT)
>To: undisclosed-recipients:;
>Peggy Wilhide
>Headquarters, Washington, DC July 27, 1999
>(Phone: 202/358-1898)
>RELEASE: 99-86
> "The NASA team just launched Chandra, the world's most
>powerful space telescope," NASA Administrator Dan Goldin said.
>"Today, we will have to turn it back on Washington to see what
>remains of the NASA budget."
> Last night, a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee
>passed a funding bill that cuts NASA's budget about 11 percent
>below the President's request for Fiscal Year 2000.
> "Year after year, NASA is touted for doing more and more with
>smaller budgets and held up as a model of good government," said
>Goldin. "The NASA employees get up every day to achieve what most
>think is impossible. They have risen to the challenge of smaller
>budgets. And this is the reward the NASA team gets? Not only is
>this cut devastating to NASA's programs, it is a knife in the
>heart of employee morale.
> "It is a shame that in the same week that we are celebrating
>the legacy of the space program -- and we are building on it by
>sending the first woman to command the Space Shuttle -- we could
>be effectively smashing one of America's crown jewels," Goldin
>said. "NASA continues to deliver amazing scientific discoveries
>and reach new heights of exploration. To many Americans, NASA is
>a cornerstone of our national pride. But there is nothing to be
>proud of in this budget.
> "Over the past five years, NASA has restructured the Agency,
>done more with less, reduced government employees by one-third
>without forced layoffs, and still significantly increased
>productivity. Up until now, NASA has always stepped up to the
>budgetary challenge. This time the NASA team plans to fight.
>These cuts would gut space exploration. They may force the
>closure of one to three NASA centers, and significant layoffs
>would most certainly follow," said Goldin.
> The Administrator noted other implications for the budget as
>* For the past seven years, the NASA budget has declined and,
>because of inflation, the Agency's buying power is already down by
>* While the subcommittee's cuts total $1.325 billion, if these
>figures are projected out five years, the cuts would total
>approximately $5.3 billion.
>* Over the past five years, NASA's streamlining efforts have
>saved the taxpayer $35 billion.
> "This cut destroys the technology base built by NASA," Goldin
>said. "Our ability to further reduce costs and increase scientific
>productivity would end. NASA is one of only a few investments our
>nation makes to ensure a bright future, a strong economy and the
>technology base to achieve it. As a result of the cuts, we would
>be forced to eat our seed corn, and in the long-term it would
>weaken America's technological and defense sectors. Perhaps most
>sadly, we will lose the opportunity to inspire a future generation
>of children."
> "I won't feel better until every nickel is restored," said
> - end -
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