"Ms. MIKULSKI. ... "So 50 years after the birth of our great Apollo Program, we need to make sure we keep our commitment to exploration and discovery. I urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan amendment."
Congress: October 2007 Archives
"U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics and Related Sciences, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the Chairman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriation (CJS) Subcommittee, today passed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 CJS appropriations bill to provide $1 billion in additional funding for NASA. The funding will reimburse the agency for costs incurred for returning the Space Shuttle to flight status following the Columbia disaster and implementing recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board."
"Dear Colleague: We are writing to urge you to support our amendment to the CJS bill to add $1 billion to NASA's budget to reimburse NASA for costs of safely returning the space shuttle to flight after the Columbia accident. Following the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) worked tirelessly with the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) to identify the causes of the accident and to return the Space Shuttle to flight to support the completion of the International Space Station."
Senate Floor Schedule: Thursday, Oct 4, 2007: 9:00 a.m.: Convene and begin a period of morning business. Thereafter, resume consideration of H.R.3093, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008.
"NASA was hit with a terrible tragedy with the loss of Columbia. The agency was never fully reimbursed and was forced to make dramatic cuts to other programs," said Senator Mikulski. "I am committed to restoring this agency's budget to ensure the continued safety of our astronauts, and to supporting the critical programs that are the hallmarks of their success."
U.S. Senate Votes to Add $1 Billion to NASA Budget, Planetary Society
"The final bill will then be sent to the President for signature. President Bush has already stated that he will veto the CJS Bill as passed, since it is several billion dollars over his request (even before the NASA $1 billion increase). If the bill is vetoed, it will be sent back to the House and Senate to begin the process again. If this happens, most of the appropriations bills will likely be wrapped into an "Omnibus Spending Bill." Final action on this legislation is not likely until the end of the year."
"The Administration strongly opposes S. 1745 because, in combination with the other FY 2008 appropriations bills, it includes an irresponsible and excessive level of spending and includes other objectionable provisions."