Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, bitterly criticized Wednesday the cuts made in NASA's budget by the House. Garn threatened to filibuster appropriations bills in the Senate if they do not contain what he believes is sufficient money for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and other aspects of the United States' "science and technological base."

Garn threatened to "be a bore" to the Senate on the subject, to which Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., chairman of the Independent Offices Subcommittee, retorted, "You always were a headache, but never a bore."As Proxmire left the committee room, he added to Garn, "Thanks for the memories."

Garn spoke briefly against the advanced solid rocket motor that NASA proposes to build to replace the Morton Thiokol-produced redesigned solid rocket motor.