NASA budget: Lawmakers make no decision on Constellation, space shuttle future
A key congressional committee sidestepped a potential vote on NASA’s future Tuesday, opting to take no position on White House plans to scrap NASA’s moon-rocket program and replace the space shuttle with commercial rockets.
The House subcommittee with oversight of NASA’s budget did agree, however, to withhold funding for the agency’s human exploration program until Congress authorizes a plan for the agency.
That move normally could cause headaches for the administration. But because Congress is unlikely to move this spending bill â€” or any 2011 spending bill â€” until after election season, the matter essentially is rendered moot.
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