Congressman: Obama’s NASA Shakeup Breaks The Law
February 14, 2010

WASHINGTON — One Central Florida congressman has accused President Barack Obama of breaking the law for trying to cancel contract bids for the next generation of spaceflight.

According to published reports, the administration notified contractors Friday it is cancelling contracts for the Constellation and Ares programs, because the president’s latest budget cuts funding for those programs.

But U.S. Rep. Bill Posey said the administration can’t do that.

Posey, whose district includes parts of Brevard, Osceola, Polk and Indian River counties, said cancelling contract bids is in violation of a provision Congress put in the Appropriations Bill last year.

According to Posey, only Congress can shut down those programs, and he accused the administration of breaking the law.

There was no immediate comment from NASA.

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