According to this article the Constellation program is funded again.

Finally, just last Friday President Obama signed a new federal spending bill into law. This bill includes money to continue NASA's human space exploration program. Surprisingly, the exploration program being funded is a program long thought dead by the space community.

Where can there one find an official confirmation of this milestone in US human space exploration?

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    $\begingroup$ Orion carries on from the Constellation program, but that article you link to is littered with misinformation. For one, it's attaching an image showing that NASA's next big step in space exploration launch vehicle is the concept ATK-Astrium Liberty rocket using Ares I first stage, which is simply ridiculous. It's just a badly written article and the image caption "File image." should alert you to that fact fast enough. ;) $\endgroup$
    – TildalWave
    Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 17:57

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The article you link to seems to be shooting from the hip, with no evidence to back it up.
Spacepolitics has a more comprehensive overview of NASA's budget. They list \$1.6 billion for the Space Launch System and nearly \$1.2 billion for Orion. No mention of Constellation.
Feel free to read the official text of the 2014 spending bill, but it's 600+ pages of legalese to wade through (and no mention of Constellation, at least not by name).
Space.com says that NASA is now free to end the remaining Constellation contracts. Since 2011, the odd situation existed that NASA could not legally end some contracts, despite Constellation being cancelled.


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