Congressman Parker Griffith learned NASA Administrator Charles Bolden may discuss changes to U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to scrap the agency's Constellation program this week.
According to a recent news report, Bolden is preparing to discuss a compromise, or a "Plan B," with House Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.).
Recently, Griffith had the opportunity to question Administrator Bolden about the proposed budget during a House Science and Technology Committee meeting. The Ranking Member on the committee invited Griffith to participate in the hearing that discussed NASA's Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Budget Request.
"It is good news to hear that NASA may be considering a "Plan B' option to the President's plan to discontinue manned space flight," said Griffith. "In my recent discussion with Administrator Bolden, I emphasized that privatizing manned space flight is not in our nation's best interest. The Administrator has been met with strong resistance to the President's proposal from both sides of the aisle and from both Chambers of Congress.
"Since the President announced his budget proposal, I have strongly expressed my disappointment in the Administration's decision to cut funding for the Constellation program -- it would be a huge mistake. Manned space flight is a part of our American culture and defines our ability to compete and succeed. I hope that the President and his Administration has indeed heard the concerns of the public and the Congress and is reconsidering."
Griffith is a member of the NASA Caucus.