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Glenn Mahone/Doc Mirelson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

March 15, 2004
RELEASE : 04-092
Statement By NASA Administrator About Senate Budget Resolution
"I am extremely pleased by the Senate's adoption last week of a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2005 that assumes the President's budget request for NASA.

"The Senate's action is a critical first step. The President's budget request for NASA will allow us to safely return our Space Shuttle fleet to flight status and to meet our commitments for the International Space Station. The budget also allows us to begin thoughtful and responsible implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration to return to the moon and continue our exploration of Mars," NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said today.

The amendment crafted by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) was adopted by the Senate with the support of Chairman Don Nickles (R-Okla.). This effort was the culmination of hard work both in Committee and during Senate debate on a bi-partisan basis. The budget resolution sets the broad parameters for spending and revenue of the federal government for each fiscal year.

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