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115th UNITED STATES CONGRESS

Second Session
Budget
Committee
Logan Malaney Democrat
Principal Author Delegation

Bill No: 73805

TITLE OF BILL:
National Aeronautics and Space Association Budget Increase

BE IT ENACTED BY THE 115TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS

1 WHEREAS the National Aeronautics and Space Association currently receives 18.4 Billion dollars a
2 year, around .5%of the national budget and it is severely underfunded. NASA does not have enough
3 money for the United States to rely on NASA for all of its air and space related research, missions to
4 places never explored before, and its programs here on Earth. NASA has educational programs, such
5 as, giving grants to high schools, helping Chicago public schools, and many more. NASA does not
6 have enough money to send men to the moon again, something we were able to do during the
7 seventies, let alone send a man to mars or further. In addition, NASA is unable to launch U.S
8 satellites using its own rockets, instead NASA has to buy rockets from Russia to send our own
9 satellites into space. NASA also creates many more jobs ranging from high skill engineering jobs, to
10 manual labor jobs in order to accomplish its missions. Furthermore, because NASA if a major
11 innovator, it indirectly creates new markets and technologies to help further increase the United
12 States economy. The NASA budget has been decrease ever since its peak of 4% in 1966.
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14 SECTION 1: This act may be Documented as the NASA Budget Increase Bill
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16 SECTION 2: The NASA budget shall be doubled from .5%, 19.1 Billion dollars (projected 2018
17 value) to 1%, 38.2 Billions dollars, of the United States Federal Budget.
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19 SECTION 3: The needed funds will be taken from the United States Military Budget.
20 Sub-SECTION A: The needed funds shall be taken from the F-35 Fighter jet program.
21 Sub-SECTION B: There will be F35 commision formed to make the program more
22 efficient and cheaper.
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24 SECTION 4: The budget shall increase by .1% for five years or until the allocated funds reach 1%.
25 Sub-Section A: The F-35 program budget will be lessened gradually as the NASA budget
26 is increased.
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28 SECTION 5: This bill shall go into effect 90 days after passage.
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Logan Malaney

Professor Powell

Political Science 001


21 November 2017

Defense of Legislation

The funding of the National Aeronautics and Space Association may not sound like it

should be a priority to our nation, however, NASA is very important to our country. One possible

concern with this bill is the funding and where that funding will come from. The funding for

NASA will come from the F-35 Fighter Program, an extremely overfunded, inefficient program

that is yet to deliver us many combat ready fighters. This program has wasted billions in federal

money and will its budget lessened it can provide said money to NASA, and it can be forced to

become more efficient. In addition to the funding concerns, one may ask what benefits do

exploring other worlds and beyond give to us? Well, NASA is responsible for many common

items used everyday such as, artificial limbs, baby formula, cordless tools, memory foam, and

much more, all side effects of NASA missions. In addition to benefits that affect us today and

tomorrow, NASAs deep space research can help us find and destroy potential asteroids that could

collide with earth and cause massive amounts of damage. NASA creates many high and low skill

jobs that could stimulate the economy. Exploring space is a natural drive of curiosity, which tends

to bring advancements that benefit all of humankind and without NASA to spearhead space

exploration.

The Budget Committee would be best suited to complete this task because that committee

directly deals with the budget of the United States, something my bill would change.

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