House passes NASA budget with calls for manned flights to Mars

June 10, 2014 6:11 AM

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WASHINGTON -- With bipartisan support, the House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill authorizing $17.6 billion in fiscal 2014 spending for U.S. space programs, roughly matching President Barack Obama’s budget request and underscoring the nation’s commitment to sending American astronauts into deep space.

“We are committed to once more launching American astronauts, on American rockets, from American soil,” Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, the chairman of the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said on the House floor before passage.

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