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FYI - URGENT: ProSpace Action Alert

From: Beatheveto@aol.com
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 16:56:19 -0400 (EDT)
Fwd Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 10:39:39 -0500
Subject: FYI - URGENT: ProSpace Action Alert

*          ProSpace Legislative Action Alert          *
*               Alert No. 97-15, 10/19/97             *
* 1) President Clinton vetoes 2 important space       *
*    projects on misleading advice from a Bureaucrat  *
*                                                     *
* 2) ACTION NEEDED NOW by all prospace Americans      *
*                                                     *
*    --> Call the White House budget office (OMB)     *
*                                                     *
*    --> Call the Members of the House and Senate     *
*        Committees who are reviewing the vetoes.     *
*                                                     *
* 3) Get your space friends and colleagues to help!   *
*                                                     *

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      * send a request to BeaTheVeto@aol.com *

1) President Vetoes DoD Space Projects

Acting on the advice of Deputy Secretary of Defense
John Hamre, on Wednesday, October 15th, the President
used his new line-item veto authority to line out two
space programs strongly supported by the citizens'
space movement.  Leading the list was $10 million in
startup funding for the "Military Spaceplane" program
which would develop reusable technologies needed to
radically reduce the cost of space transportation.

The Military Spaceplane program was one of ProSpace's
top legislative priorities in 1997.  It was the primary
focus of congressional briefings during the 1997 March
Storm when we briefed Members of Congress who sat on
defense related committees.  In fact, Military
Spaceplane has been a grassroots priority since the
first March Storm in 1995 when we helped create the
first "RLV technology development" program at the Air
Force Phillips Laboratory.  In our opinion, you will
never find a more perfect example of a critical
"dual-use"  technology.

Also vetoed was Clementine II, the Department of Defense
mission to send a miniature probe to collide with an
asteroid.  Clementine II would result in a significant
increase in our knowledge of the structure and
composition of asteroids, and at the same time
demonstrate technologies that could be used to defend
against ballistic missiles.  This probe is being
developed by the same people who produced Clementine I,
the probe which produced evidence of water at the south
pole of the Moon, a critical resource for future lunar

Why did the President veto these two programs?

ProSpace believes the President had no knowledge of the
extent of public support for these two programs, and
responsibility lies with Mr. Hamre.  During the White
House press briefings, Hamre made it clear he was the
one who came up with the final list of cuts.  Before
his promotion to Deputy Secretary of Defense, Hamre
was the Comptroller of the Office of the Secretary of
Defense, where he shut down the DC-X Delta Clipper
program for nearly a year by refusing to release its

Meanwhile, the White House's main purpose is to
establish a process for using their new line-item
veto authority.  They had already admitted they did
not understand every program they were vetoing.
Mr. Franklin Raines, the White House Director of the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), stated several
times that he is focusing on how this will change the
overall relationship between the White House and
Congress on budget matters, instead of the programmatic
details.  This focus, combined with the impossible task
of understanding the huge amount of issues encompassed
by the budget, has opened the door for bureaucratic

Deputy Secretary of Defense Hamre stated "these are the
items for  which we really don't have a military
requirement in the Department."  In the case of the
Military Spaceplane (MSP) this is, at best, misleading
and a total misrepresentation of the facts.  ProSpace
has seen the letter from CINCSPACE, the general space
command in the Air Force, calling MSP a "key program"
and describing its progress.  Numerous independent
sources report that CINCSPACE now has a formal military
requirement for this program, including a "concept of
operations" and inclusion in the Air Force Program
Objective Memorandum, the Air Force's future
budget-planning document.  Although Hamre's office was
informed of these facts on Friday, October 10th, he
chose to ignore them.

In our opinion, Hamre is trying to kill MSP just like
he tried to kill the DC-X, the reusable rocket which
helped revolutionize how our nation thinks about space
transportation.  The bottom line - in the case of MSP,
we believe John Hamre told an intentional "untruth" to
OMB Director Franklin Raines and to the President of
the United States.

2) Citizen ACTION Needed Now

We can not let this bureaucratic attack go unanswered.
Several years ago, when Hamre tried to kill DC-X, the
grassroots space movement was there to defend it.  Today
we are stronger than ever.  Working with our friends
and allies, ProSpace has developed an immediate plan
of action to deal with the issue.

CALL NUMBER ONE: Call OMB Director Franklin Raines

This line item veto is just the first step in what we
believe could be a multi-stage process to overturn some
of the vetoed items, or to find funding for them in
other ways.  We believe OMB Director Raines will have
another chance to review the importance of Military
Spaceplane - possibly in the very near future.  Thus,
Mr. Raines must be made to understand that the President
was misinformed by the Pentagon as soon as possible.

The White House needs to know that the public supports
"Cheap Access to Space" and that we consider Military
Spaceplane, starting in FY1998 at only $10 million,
and the Clementine II asteroid missions to be wonderful
investments in the future of this country.

**** Leave a polite message for OMB Director Raines ****

  a) Call 202-395-3080.

  b) Ask to "Leave a message for OMB Director Raines".

  c) BE POLITE!  It always counts, particularly if
     their phones are ringing off the hooks.


     "The President made a mistake in vetoing the
      Military Spaceplane and Clementine II programs.
      You were misinformed by the Pentagon on these
      very important issues.  I believe these two
      programs are among the best investments in the
      federal budget."

     (OR use your own words.)

  e) Leave your Name and Geographic info, if they ask.

CALL NUMBERS 2-5: Call Congressional Leaders

The Congress gets back into session this week, and both
the House and Senate are convening rush hearings on
this issue.  The House Committee on National Security
is holding a hearing on Wednesday.  It was reported to
ProSpace that the Senate Committee on Armed Services
will also be holding a hearing this week, but the day
is unknown.

These Members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans,
need to hear from you NOW!  They are meeting to decide
how to respond to the Clinton vetoes, and are wondering
what the public thinks of these issues.  This is the
perfect opportunity to put Military Spaceplane and
Clementine II at the top of the national political

Below is a list of Members of Congress who sit on those
two Committees.

**** Call as many Members as you can ****

  a) First, call the Committee Chairmen and the
     Ranking (Minority) Member.

  b) Second, call all the Members in your home state.
     (They are sorted alphabetically by state)


  d) MESSAGE to leave with Receptionist:

     "Please work to over-ride the vetoes of
      Military Spaceplane and Clementine II.  I
      believe the President was misinformed about
      these important programs by the Pentagon.

     (OR use your own words.)

  e) Leave your Name and geographic info, if they ask.


Senate Committee on Armed Services (LEADERSHIP)
  Chairman: Strom Thurmond (R-SC)
  Ranking Member: Carl Levin (D-MI)
    PH: 202-224-3871

House Committee on National Security (LEADERSHIP)
  Chairman: Floyd Spence (R-SC)
  Ranking Member: Ron Dellums (D-CA)
    PH: 202-225-4151

Senate Committee on Armed Services (MEMBERS)
  John McCain (R-AZ), 202-224-2235
  Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), 202-224-4041
  Max Cleland (D-GA), 202-224-3521
  Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID), 202-224-6142
  Daniel Coats (R-IN), 202-224-5263
  Pat Roberts (R-KS), 202-224-4774
  Edward Kennedy (D-MA), 202-224-4543
  Olympia Snowe (R-ME), 202-224-5344
  Carl Levin (D-MI), 202-224-6221
  Robert Smith (R-NH), 202-224-2841
  Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), 202-224-5521
  John Glenn (D-OH), 202-224-3353
  James Inhofe (R-OK), 202-224-4721
  Rick Santorum (R-PA), 202-224-6324
  Strom Thurmond (R-SC), 202-224-5972 (personal)
  John Warner (R-VA), 202-224-2023
  Charles Robb (D-VA), 202-224-4024
  Robert Byrd (D-WV), 202-224-

Full House Committee on National Security (MEMBERS)

  Vic Snyder (D-AR), 202-225-2506
  Bob Stump (R-AZ), 202-225-4576
  Terry Everett (R-AL), 202-225-2901
  Bob Riley (R-AL), 202-225-3261
  Ronald V. Dellums (D-CA), 202-225-2661
  Duncan Hunter (R-CA), 202-225-5672
  Sonny Bono (R-CA), 202-225-5330
  Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), 202-225-2965
  Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA), 202-225-1956
  Jane Harman (D-CA), 202-225-8220
  Joel Hefley (R-CO), 202-225-4422
  Jim Maloney (D-CT), 202-225-3822
  Joe Scarborough (R-FL), 202-225-4136
  Tillie Fowler (R-FL), 202-225-2501
  Allen Boyd (D-FL), 202-225-5235
  Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), 202-225-6531
  Robert A. Underwood (D-Guam), 202-225-1188
  Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), 202-225-2726
  Lane Evans (D-IL), 202-225-5905
  Rod R. Blagojevich (D-IL), 202-225-4061
  John Hostettler (R-IN), 202-225-4636
  Steve Buyer (R-IN), 202-225-5037
  Jim Ryun (R-KS), 202-225-6601
  Ron Lewis (R-KY), 202-225-3501
  Martin T. Meehan (D-MA), 202-225-3411
  Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-MD), 202-225-2721
  Tom Allen (D-ME), 202-225-6116
  Ike Skelton, (D-MO), 202-225-2876
  James M. Talent (R-MO), 202-225-2561
  Gene Taylor (D-MS), 202-225-5772
  H. James Saxton (R-NJ), 202-225-4765
  Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-NC), 202-225-3415
  Mike McIntyre (D-NC), 202-225-2731
  Michael Pappas (R-NJ), 202-225-5801
  Jim Gibbons (R-NV), 202-225-6155
  John M. McHugh (R-NY), 202-225-4611
  J.C. Watts Jr. (R-OK), 202-225-6165
  John R. Kasich (R-OH), 202-225-5355
  Paul McHale (D-PA), 202-225-6411
  Curt Weldon (R-PA), 202-225-2011
  Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI), 202-225-4911
  John M. Spratt Jr. (D-SC), 202-225-5501
  Floyd Spence (R-SC), 202-225-2452 (personal)
  Lindsey Graham (R-SC), 202-225-5301
  Van Hilleary (R-TN), 202-225-6831
  Ciro D. Rodriguez (D-TX), 202-225-1640
  Solomon P. Ortiz (D-TX), 202-225-7742
  Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), 202-225-4831
  William M. "Mac" Thornberry (R-TX), 202-225-3706
  Jim Turner (D-TX), 202-225-2401
  James V. Hansen (R-UT), 202-225-0453
  Norman Sisisky (D-VA), 202-225-6365
  Herbert H. Bateman (R-VA), 202-225-4261
  Owen B. Pickett (D-VA), 202-225-4215
  Adam Smith (D-WA), 202-225-8901

3) Get your Friends & Colleagues to Help!

Do you really want to get the attention of our
national leaders?

Are you willing to be responsible for the
future of this country?

 --> Then distribute this alert to all of your
     prospace friends and colleagues, and ask
     them to call the listed Members of
     Congress too!


     A society of sheep must in time beget
     a government of wolves.

       - Bertrand de Jouvenel

      "Opening the Space Frontier for ALL
        People, and as soon as possible"

           E-mail: BeaTheVeto@aol.com
             Web: www.prospace.org

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