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Bid to infuse Webb telescope with cash fails

The full House appropriations committee today debated its 2012 spending bill, which would strip funding for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) after a science subcommittee last week inserted the proviso. Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, tried to insert an amendment today that would have partially restored funding for JWST. He asked that $200 million be transferred to JWST from NASA’s account for Cross Agency Support. The amendment failed by a voice vote, which means that ayes and nays by the committee members are not tallied. Schiff’s district includes the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, a NASA hotspot that is partially involved in the project. 


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