Response from Senator Kelly Ayotte, re: Planetary Science

I recently sent a letter to Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire (my district) concerning the funding for planetary science. This was in support of the efforts of the Planetary Society, and my letter was largely adapted from the template supplied by the Society. She was very nice to respond this morning…

May 7, 2014

Dear Mr. Gill:

Thank you for contacting me regarding funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) planetary science division.  I appreciate hearing from you.

As you may know, on April 10, 2013, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2014, which requested $17.7 billion for NASA, of which $1.2 billion would be allocated to the planetary science division.  In FY 2013, funding for NASA was enacted at a level of $17.5 billion.  However, due to sequestration, NASA was funded at a level of $16.6 billion.

On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-76).  The bill funds NASA at a level of $17.6 billion for FY 2014.  However, the bill did not set a specific level of funding for NASA’s planetary science division.

I understand and appreciate NASA’s important work.  Please be assured that I will keep in mind your support for NASA’s planetary science division as the FY 2015 appropriations process moves forward.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me.  As your Senator, it is important for me to hear from you regarding the current issues affecting New Hampshire and our nation.  Please do not hesitate to be in touch again if I may be of further assistance.


Kelly A. Ayotte
U. S. Senator


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