House OKs Funding for Mars Mission CNN

The House passed a bill that supports the president’s plans to explore Mars and increase spending on research and encouraging science professionals to enter teaching. This bill passed after three days of debate that touched on everything from medical marijuana laws to the Pacific Northwest’s salmon fishery. Along the way, House lawmakers endorsed the Supreme Court’s ruling to permit evidence seized in violation of long-standing “knock and announce” rules and backed bilingual ballots for people whose native language is not English. The bill covers the annual budgets of the departments of Commerce, State and Justice, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.