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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