Senate Increases NASA's Budget

CAPITOL HILL -- The Senate has voted to add a billion dollars to NASA's budget.

The funds would replenish NASA accounts that were used to make improvements to the space shuttle program after the Columbia disaster.

The agency has used more than $2.5 billion from other non-shuttle accounts for costs including safety upgrades.

The Senate added the funding to a $56 billion spending bill for science programs and for the departments of Commerce and Justice.

Earlier, lawmakers added $1.5 billion for law enforcement that President Bush sought to kill.

There won't be a final vote until after a weeklong recess and President Bush has already said he'll veto it as excessive.

The spending bill is just one of a dozen that cover the fiscal year that began Monday.

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