In a disappointing announcement, NASA has said they have renewed a contract with Russia. The contract with Russia is for Rocosmos to transport US crews to the International Space Station and has been used since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011. The extended contract will cost NASA $424 million.
NASA believes they will be able to send up US crews in US ships sometime in 2017, as long as they get the funding proposed in Obama's 2014 budget.
NASA is committed to launching U.S. astronauts aboard domestic spacecraft as soon as possible. Full funding of the administration's Fiscal Year 2014 budget request is critical to making these domestic capabilities possible by 2017.
It's rather sad that the United States has to rely on our allies to send up our astronauts to space. Many good inventions have come out of the NASA space program and it's a shame to see funding cut.