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July 29, 1986
Sen. Jake Garn came in to see me about the 4th Shuttle to replace the Challenger. The problem is money & O.M.B. has proposed that we delay till 1988. This will set back our plans for a Space Station etc. The alternative is to put up a half Bil. in the ’77 [’87] budget & start then. That’s what Jake wants. From him I went in to an N.S.C. meeting on the same subject. Defense, State, Transportation, Justice & N.A.S.A. go for the ’87 start. The problem is now mine & it’s a tough one. I want to do the ’87 bit myself but we face a $220 Bil. deficit in ’87 because Congress wont give us the spending cuts we’ve asked for.
Don R. took me to lunch down in the Sr. officers mess. Then it was over to O.M.B. to speak to a few hundred W.H. & Capitol Hill “Interns.” These are college kids who do a summer stint here learning about govt. Then back to Dick Wirthlin with the latest poll. My approval rating is 71%. And now Home & Mother.