House, Senate Must Now Resolve Very Different Visions for NASA

Differing views for NASA advance
Florida Today

The space shuttle would fly one extra flight and NASA would embark sooner on developing its next heavy-lift rocket under a key Senate panel’s vote Wednesday that sets up a clash with the House on the space agency’s future.

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee governing NASA agreed to spend $19 billion on the space agency starting Oct. 1. The $278 million increase, which the full committee is expected today to ratify matches the money proposed by President Barack Obama in a budget that otherwise froze total domestic spending.

The House, meanwhile, is putting forward a NASA plan that also totals $19 billion but has different spending priorities. The House bill doesn’t include an extra shuttle flight and has goals more aligned with the continuation of the Constellation program.

The battle could take months to resolve.

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