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Include list of Congress members who most influence NASA budget

It would be nice to know which members of congress do and do not support more funding of NASA. Registered voters could be more influential if we only knew which members of Congress are more likely to listen.

Submitted by vickery123 1 year ago

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  1. NASA is and should remain apolitical. Judging the level of support provided by members of congress is not something the agency should be doing.

    1 year ago
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    1. I don't think posting relevant information about proposals in Congress and who is involve is a stray from remaining apolitical. If anything it is self-preservational and also helps keep the public informed about the activities of their lawmakers.

      1 year ago
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  2. Although I disagree with this idea, keeping tabs on this outside of the agency is a great idea. It's frightening what some congress members' positions on science related issues are. Maybe someone could point to a source on this that is already available.

    Having NASA post this information is not much different than them posting a political hit list.

    1 year ago
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    1. vickery123 Idea Submitter

      Perhaps a better idea would be to simply list which dates Congress will be voting on whether or not to approve NASA's budget and that would allow everyday citizens to be sure to send letters and/or email their respective representatives to remind them that space exploration is a vital part of what this country stands for.

      I never intended to idea to devolve into a political hit list (although you make a valid point) but rather to serve as a way to allow NASA to remain outside the politics of budgets and lobbyists and allow everyone outside of NASA to do the hard job of getting through to the politicians who make NASA possible.

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  3. A page is clearly needed to describe, in an apolitical fashion, how NASA gets its funding and direction. Very few people understand how NASA, the President, Congress, the House Committee on Science, OSTP, the National Academies, and others interact to form NASA's vision, strategy, and budget.

    1 year ago
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  4. I say NASA stay out of the business of potentially alienating people in power like this. It's a great idea for a 3rd party site though.

    1 year ago
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    1. I agree, this would be better on a third-party site than on NASA.gov.

      1 year ago
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  5. This goes along with a page for folks to be able to donate to NASA and for the public to influence the politics / budget of NASA in positive ways. Scientists should remain apolitical, but the organization as a whole (and the citizens of this great country) need more ways to defend our top innovative organization... Not only to keep it alive but to progress human exploration of the cosmos in more aggressive and determined ways.

    Hands off Mr. Scientist, this is hard ball with the government and national budget decision makers.

    1 year ago
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  6. GREAT IDEA!!!! I bet ya they would never! hahahahahaaaaa

    1 year ago
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  7. In reality NASA has been used by every administration since Nixon as a political football to promise grandiose plans without the funding. So please do provide a list of influential house and senate members so we may relay our thoughts and feelings regarding the future of NASA and its many current and future missions. This 3rd party site may have the information available here: www.penny4nasa.org

    1 year ago
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