Memorandum of Disapproval of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Funding Bill
I am withholding my approval of H.R. 5495, the ``National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act, 1987.''
This legislation would authorize appropriations for 1987 for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); authorize appropriations for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in the Department of Transportation; establish a National Space Council in the Executive Office of the President to advise me on space-related matters; make numerous other amendments involving the Space Shuttle; amend the Land Remote-Sensing Commercialization Act in various respects; and authorize appropriations for a variety of programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the Department of Commerce.
The establishment of a National Space Council in the Executive Office of the President would constitute unacceptable interference with my discretion and flexibility in organizing and managing the Executive Office as I consider appropriate. Besides creating additional and unnecessary bureaucracy, the National Space Council would duplicate the functions of the interagency bodies -- the Senior Interagency Group (Space), the Interagency Group (Space), and the Economic Policy Council -- that already coordinate the development and implementation of space policy. Because the proposed National Space Council would unnecessarily limit my authority to organize and manage the Executive Office while offering nothing by way of improvement in space policymaking, I am compelled to reject it.
find two other provisions of H.R. 5495 troublesome. First, by mandating certain
space shuttle launch priorities, the bill does not adequately recognize the
importance the Administration places on the development of a commercial space
launch industry or my specific decision to allow NASA to launch certain foreign
payloads. Second, section 111 of H.R. 5495 would impose a ``buy
of my approval of this legislation should not be interpreted as any diminution
of my support for our Nation's space program. I strongly support and affirm the
goals of that program and of
The White House,
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