Oh, I tweeted about this like crazy yesterday as it was going on. Some of these Congress people so piss me off. All the money we piss away on bogus social programs that don't produce a damn thing, and they want to bicker about the fact that Augustine basically said that the space program needs more money to do what it needs to do, period.
How about this, take the unspent money from that bloated, overgrown, pork laden $700 billion stimulus package and throw it into the space program; part for NASA, part for University Research, and part for private company grants. THEN you'd see one hell of an economic rebound and watch America become the dominant power in peaceful space exploration and development.