by Staff Writers
Washington DC (Sputnik) Dec 08, 2014
Senator John McCain said that the vote in the US Senate on the defense budget, including the amendment to ban the purchase of Russian RD-180 rocket engines, will be held not earlier than next Tuesday.
The vote in the US Senate on the defense budget, including the amendment to ban the purchase of Russian RD-180 rocket engines, will be held not earlier than next Tuesday, Senator John McCain told RIA Novosti Friday.
"We will pass it [the amendment]... Tuesday or Wednesday. I would imagine Tuesday probably. I'd love to see it tomorrow," the author of the amendment John McCain said.
McCain's amendment prohibits the purchase of RD-180 rocket engines manufactured by Russia's Energomash company with an exception for the existing contract for Russian engines until 2019 by a consortium of Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
This amendment reflects the desire of the US Congress to eliminate the dependence on Russian space technologies in the context of deteriorating relations between the two countries.
On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2015 fiscal year, authorizing $577.1 billion in funding for national defense programs.
The House passed the bill without amendments, voting 300 to 119. Before the defense budget becomes law, it must be approved by the Senate.
Source: Sputnik News
Station and More at Roscosmos
S.P. Korolev RSC Energia
Russian Space News
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|