Today, NASA held a press conference announcing they will work with Boeing and Elon Musk's Space X on their upgraded Commercial Crew Program. This program was formed "to facilitate the development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit."
It will also end the United States' reliance on Russia for travel to the space station (Russia has not been all too kind about using their transport, they once suggested we use a trampoline to get to the station.) "The Greatest nation on Earth should not be dependent on any other nation to get into space," said NASA officials.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden announced the deal with Boeing and SpaceX, which "promises to give more people the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of spaceflight." This comes at quite the cost: NASA will spent a total $6.8 billion for the spacecraft. $4.2 billion will go to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX. Bolden noted he did not have a part in picking the finalists, instead, NASA veterans were the official selectors of the plans.