The following is a statement by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on the passing of NASA's fiscal year 2006 funding bill.
"I offer my sincere thanks to the House and Senate for endorsing and funding, for the second straight year, our activities to implement America's Vision for Space Exploration. NASA's FY 2006 funding bill of $16.5 billion-0.7 percent of the federal budget-will enable continued space shuttle operations and International Space Station assembly; initiate development of the next generation Crew Exploration Vehicle and Crew Launch Vehicle; and support key science and aeronautics programs vital to our nation. We will work to ensure the President's exploration priorities are maintained as we move forward in setting program and investment priorities."
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