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More layoffs possible for NASA contractors

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- Another round of budget cuts and job layoffs could be on the way for NASA contractors.

Right now, it's wait and see. The outgoing congress authorized NASA's new program but didn't fund it, and funding isn't expected to come until after the new congress takes office in January.

NASA plans to spend six billion dollars over the next five years to spur the development of American commercial space flight.

Some call the plan costly, saying the commercial space flight is a worthy goal, but eliminating the program would save 1.2 billion dollars in 2015.

Former NASA advisory council member and Huntsville attorney Mark McDaniel says he doesn't see this proposal getting much support.

"I do not think the president would follow this recommendation when it goes to NASA because he already has his NASA commission.  His space policy people like that Augustine report, but again, this battle has already been fought in Congress," said McDaniel.

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