Obama budget threatens return to Moon

By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled his $3.8 trillion budget with an emphasis on job creation.

The Obama plan includes more than $1.2 trillion in deficit spending. It also calls for some cuts, including NASA's $100 billion plan to return astronauts to the Moon through the Constellation program. That could be bad news for South Mississippi. Stennis Space Center is scheduled to test the new J-X2 engines that will send the Ares rocket to the Moon.

Congressman Gene Taylor plans to fight for the program and Stennis' role in the testing.

"I support NASA and I support the testing being done at Stennis," Rep. Taylor said.

The congressman does have an open mind on the Constellation project.

"Let's look at the cost benefit ratio. If it makes sense to have unmanned missions, I can live with that."

Taylor has strong feelings on the administration's $3.8 trillion budget.

"I plan to vote against it. We need to tighten our belts."

The Obama Administration released information on how the president's proposed budget would impact each state. Click here to read the fact sheet on Mississippi.

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