The Senate Appropriations committee accepted the recommendations of its subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, Housing, and Urban Development, headed by Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), and approved full funding for Space Station Freedom for FY 1992, while cutting some space science programs. It also approved a 14% increase for the National Science Foundation, which is 3% below the increase already approved by the House. The resolution was sent to the Senate floor for a full vote on July 17, where an amendment by Dale Bumpers (D-Ark.) to eliminate Freedom's funding was defeated by a vote of 64 to 35.
The committee recommended that NASA receive $14.3 billion for FY 1992, which was $436.9 million above the amount recommended by the House, but $1.4 billion below the Administration's request.