The big vote in the US Senate on Thursday was on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, but the Senate also took care of some legislation as well, including the NASA authorization bill, according to a press release issued by the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday evening. (The press release doesn’t explicitly state it, but most likely the bill was approved under unanimous consent, as there was no recorded vote on the bill on Thursday.)
“By embracing this bipartisan vision for the future of NASA, the Senate has spoken with a unified voice,” Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) said in the release. “I encourage my colleagues in the House to take up this crucial bill in order to get NASA on track to continue its proud heritage of innovation and exploration.” The House, of course, failed to get its version of a NASA authorization bill–which has a number of key differences with the Senate’s version–to the floor before the House went on recess. The House will be returning from recess briefly next week to vote on a Medicaid and education bill, but it seems unlikely they’ll also find the time during that brief session to also take up the NASA legislation.