Congress defies veto threat, increases NASA funding

09/10/2007 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Recent bad publicity has not scuttled congressional support for NASA, as evidenced by Capitol Hill's funding the agency at levels exceeding those requested by the White House. The House approved $17.8 billion in funding for the space agency this summer, and the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the NASA budget at $17.5 billion. The president had requested $17.3 billion for NASA and has threatened to veto spending bills that exceed a $933 billion overall budget cap for programs decided by Congress. Congress has exceeded the limit by $23 billion.

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