Key leaders of the House Science and Technology Committee issued a press release criticizing the White House for its lack of interest in Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s “space summit” proposal. The statement, by full committee chairman Bart Gordon and subcommittee chairmen Mark Udall and Nick Lampson, said they were “deeply disappointed” in the response by the White House to Mikulski’s summit idea. “We intend to work with NASA supporters on both sides of the aisle in Congress to try to give NASA the resources it will need to carry out the tasks that the nation has asked it to undertake,” they add. “However, the President’s disengagement will make that effort immeasurably more difficult.” The choice of “immeasurably” is interesting: one assumes they used that word in the sense of “extremely”. However, one might argue that the president’s “disengagement” will have an immeasurable—as in negligible—effect on the overall budgetary process.