DATE=9/15/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=SHUTTLE-FRIDAY (S-ONLY) NUMBER=2-266546 BYLINE=DAVID MCALARY DATELINE=WASHINGTON INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S Astronauts and Russian cosmonauts continued setting up the International Space Station for permanent occupancy Friday after the U-S House of Representatives voted to keep funding the outpost. V- O-A Science Correspondent David McAlary reports. TEXT: The crew of the U-S space shuttle Atlantis performed mechanical and electrical tasks in preparation for the first long duration crew, which arrives in November. They spent much of the day installing a Russian oxygen generator and trying to determine why one of the eight batteries on the Russian-built command module Zvezda is not charging. In Washington on Thursday, the House of Representatives approved legislation providing four billion dollars for the station over the next two years. But the measure also limits total U-S spending on the outpost at 25 billion dollars and moves to renegotiate the 16-nation station agreement so the United States shares less of future operating costs. To appease Clinton administration objections, the lawmakers established an eight-and-a-half billion dollar emergency fund to cover unexpected station construction costs and extra shuttle launches. The bill is expected to pass in the Senate. (SIGNED) NEB/DEM/PLM 15-Sep-2000 08:24 AM EDT (15-Sep-2000 1224 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .