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National Space Society Leads Successful Budget Week Citizen Action Blitz
Energized to show public support for space exploration, members of the National Space Society and the organizations of the Space Exploration Alliance launched an unprecedented citizen action blitz during the budget release week. The successful event demonstrated strong constituent support for the Vision for Space Exploration and for increased space funding.
The SEA is the national partnership of the nation's premier non-profit space organizations with a combined membership of more than 1.2 million people throughout the United States.
Only three days after the release of the budget, members of NSS and the SEA assembled on Capitol Hill for the two-day Space Budget Blitz, armed with dedication and a message for Congress to fund NASA's full authorized budget.
The group held meetings with 23 congressional offices, including 14 members of the influential Appropriations Committees, and presented petitions signed by constituents at more than 25 additional Senate offices.
"This year, the space community showed up early to the budget battle," said George Whitesides, Executive Director of the National Space Society and a member of the SEA's Steering Committee. "Congressional members and staff heard directly from their constituents that space is a priority and must be supported at a greater level if the nation is to fulfill the full promise of the Vision for Space Exploration."
The blitz followed President Bush's release of the FY2007 budget proposal, which included $16.8 billion for NASA. Although it is an increase over the 2006 NASA budget, this proposal is still $1.1 billion below the guide contained in the 2005 NASA Authorization Act.
Although the country is in a constrained financial situation, Blitz participants were encouraged to hear that NASA and the Vision for Space Exploration remain very strong priorities on Capitol Hill. Several congressional staff members also expressed their strong support for the grassroots political outreach efforts of the SEA and encouraged larger and more frequent events.
The SEA plans its next Space Blitz this summer, June 5-7.
About the National Space Society The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space. NSS counts thousands of members and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society also produces the annual International Space Development Conference, held May 4-7 in Los Angeles. For more information on the conference, the Congressional education event, or the society, please visit: http://www.nss.org/
For more information on the Space Exploration Alliance, please visit: http://www.spaceexplorationalliance.org
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