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700-800 contractor layoffs may hit Marshall Space Flight Center

By Trang Do - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says that there could be anywhere from 700 to 800 layoffs for Marshall Space Flight Center contractors.

"We've heard the word, we've had conversations with Marshall, we've heard the rumor mill has between 700 and 800 different jobs may be in the works for layoffs," said Mayor Battle.

Just a week and a half ago, Boeing announced plans to lay off up to 60 percent of the 300 people who work on Constellation.

Monday, The mayor's "Second to None" Task Force met with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger to update him on efforts to save MSFC's Constellation Program and secure his support.

Congressman Ruppersberger serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee both of which play a major role in the NASA budget.

President Obama's 2011 budget cuts all funding to the Constellation program.

It's a massive blow to the Marshall Space Flight Center, where much of Constellation's work is based.

Former congressman Bud Cramer is chair of the Second to None committee.

He says it's possible for congress to make changes to the president's budget and secure funding to keep these contractors working.

He also says it may be premature to make these cuts before congress has a chance to react.

"Because if Congress reacts to this and restores funding and comes up with a modified plan, we may want some of those employees back that are in the process of being laid off," said Cramer.

Marshall Space Flight Center had no immediate comment on this breaking development.

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