'To make up a projected multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall in the shuttle program over the next five years, NASA is proposing to scale back its science projects by $2 billion and trim another $1.5 billion from design and development of its replacement launch system.
'NASA is "essentially transferring funds from a popular and highly-productive program into one scheduled for termination," said Planetary Society president Wesley Huntress, a former NASA associate administrator for space science. "This seriously damages the hugely productive and successful robotic exploration of our solar system and beyond."(link)
Taking the money away from projects like seeing how maggets breed in zero gee to other more worthwile projects is a good thing... Giving that money to the Shuttle is like transferring it from one waste to another though as far as I'm concerned.