NASA budget growth 1–2% in fiscal 1993?



Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) presented departing NASA Administrator Richard Truly with a sobering question at a March 25 hearing of the Senate Appropriations VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies subcommittee. Mikulski told Truly that if the so-called budget “firewalls” don't come down so that defense money can be shifted to domestic spending, her subcommittee's budget allocation will not be sufficient to fund President Bush's requests for NASA. The question she posed to Truly was, if the firewalls do not come down, “Do you believe the best appropriations strategy would be to go to a continuing resolution until March of next year … or recommend trying to squeeze the existing requirements into a growth rate of 1–2% and cut programs based on your priorities?” A continuing resolution would mean continuation of funding at current levels.