23 July 2004: Bush threatens veto over NASA money, UPI
"This is the first time any U.S. president has threatened to veto a spending bill because it contained too little space money. The threat suggests the administration is committed to its space proposal and may risk an election-year fight -- even with Republican leaders -- to save Bush's space program."
22 July 2004: Analysis: Bush stands by his space plan, UPI
"For a sitting President in an election year to threaten to veto a bill containing appropriations for veterans and housing because of its space spending provisions is a clear signal Bush has not backed away from his space plan. It also is another sign NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe's legislative strategy -- what some have called a game of political "chicken" -- has several layers in place before supporter's options are exhausted."
"If the final version of this bill that is presented to the President does not include adequate funding levels for Presidential initiatives, his Senior Advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."
22 July 2004: Full Committee Reports FY05 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
"NASA is funded at $15.1 billion, $229 million below last year and $1.1 billion below the request. The bulk of these savings come from the elimination of funding for new initiatives."
22 July 2004: Administrator Urges Full Funding of Vision for Space Exploration, NASA HQ
" Administrator Sean O'Keefe today acknowledged the tough financial decisions that have to be made by Congress in passing the fiscal year 2005 budget, but asked the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations to restore more than $1 billion of recommended cuts made Tuesday by the appropriations subcommittee."