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April 26, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Chu (CA-32) announced that an additional $88 million has been secured by the full House Appropriations Committee above the funding levels requested by President Obama for the Mars program.  Rep. Chu fought against deep cuts proposed in the budget, sending letters and testifying before the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee to fight for restoration of this critical funding.  After the full Appropriations Committee approved the funding, Congresswoman Chu released the following statement:

“This is promising news.  The $88 million dollars that were secured today – above and beyond the $360 million President Obama had already requested. The Mars Program is the number one priority for the next decade of space science and planetary exploration and to make drastic cuts to it today, would threaten its future. The JPL-led Mars Next Decade mission will allow us to achieve things we never have before, and that means jobs for San Gabriel Valley residents working at JPL and Caltech.  

“But this is only a good first step. The fight doesn’t end here. The Senate has provided an additional 12 million dollars over the House bill and I am committed to fighting for the higher level as these bills move through the process so the Mars Program can continue its mission in FY 2013.  This will not only keep our neighbors employed, it will allow our nation to reach new heights.”