The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Tuesday approved Space Subcommittee Chairman Steven Palazzo’s NASA Authorization Act of 2014 with unanimous bipartisan support, a press release from Palazzo, R-4, said. The bill, which includes a bipartisan Manager’s Amendment offered with Space Subcommittee Ranking Member Donna Edwards, D-Mo., reaffirms Congress’s commitment to space exploration, and makes clear that human spaceflight is NASA’s primary goal, Palazzo said
According to Palazzo, the NASA Authorization Act of 2014 continues the guidance Congress has given to NASA for nearly a decade by reaffirming a stepping stone approach to exploration in a go-as-you-can-afford-to-pay manner by developing an exploration roadmap. It supports the development on the Space Launch System and the Orion Crew Vehicle, he said. It also asks NASA to better focus its efforts to end reliance on Russian rockets for access to the International Space Station and once more launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil.