Sen. Hutchison pitches sizable expansion to proposed NASA budget

Ultimately, the Texas Republican is hardly alone in her criticism of the White House's space plan: Many lawmakers have charged the Obama administration's NASA budget lacks vision and dooms the U.S. space program to second-tier status.

Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic MORE (R-La.) even called the budget proposal "radical" during a hearing last week. Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonSupreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda NASA's sudden interest in Venus is all about climate change Demings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio MORE (D-Fl.) similarly signaled concerns with the spending plan at that time.

However, it is unclear whether Hutchison's bill might gain traction. While the White House's NASA budget has hardly received a warm reception in Congress, a change to that plan would require lawmakers to approve space spending increases at a time when deficit concerns all but dominate all political debates.