Berry Blasts Bush on Space Spending

January 14, 2004 - Posted at 3:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Representative Marion Berry issued a statement today saying that the Bush administration's request for $1 billion to fund a base on the moon is ill-timed.

Berry said he doesn't question the mission's ambition, but that right now it's more important to take care of a $7.5 billion shortfall in public school funding.

Berry said the most significant contribution to the space program would be well-educated future astronauts.  He said as of right now, American children's math and science skills lag behind other countries.

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