House members criticized a NASA budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 that would cancel several Earth science projects and close the agency’s education office.
The fiscal year 2018 budget request for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers full funding for ongoing major weather satellite programs while deferring work on future efforts.
The White House’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal seeks to cancel five NASA Earth science projects and confirms plans to shut down the agency’s education office as part of more than $560 million in cuts from 2017.
More than $560 million in budget cuts will be spread across many NASA programs, from science to human spaceflight, when the White House releases its complete fiscal year 2018 budget proposal next week.
As the White House prepares to release its detailed fiscal year 2018 budget request, a Maryland senator said he will fight to ensure NASA programs with local connections threatened with cuts remain funded.
As members of Congress took credit for NASA funding levels in a fiscal year 2017 omnibus spending bill, the agency’s science leadership is examining how those funds will affect its programs.
A long-overdue fiscal year 2017 spending bill unveiled early May 1 will provide NASA with $19.65 billion, more than $600 million above the original request for the agency by the previous administration.
A fiscal year 2018 budget proposal released by the Trump administration March 16 would cancel NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and several Earth science programs, but spares NASA the deeper cuts proposed for many other agencies.
House appropriators approved an amendment to a spending bill May 24 that adds $1 million to the Federal Aviation Administration’s commercial space office, an increase space industry advocates argue is critical to avoid licensing and other delays.
Key members of the House Armed Services Committee are pushing competing amendments that would do the same thing: let the Air Force spend a bit more on projects not directly related to building a replacement for the Russian RD-180 engine.
An appropriations bill approved by a Senate committee April 21 provides a significant increase to NASA’s exploration programs by trimming funds from many other major NASA programs.
Members of a House appropriations committee said March 15 they will seek to increase funding for NASA above the administration’s request for fiscal year 2017, particularly for programs like the Space Launch System and a mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa.
At the final hearing involving one of NASA’s biggest congressional patrons March 10, Senate appropriators criticized the use of accounting “gimmicks” to help fund NASA’s 2017 budget request.
The U.S. Air Force has revamped its next-generation weather satellite program to initially include at least three satellites, the first of which could launch as early as next year, service leaders said Feb. 11.
Three federal offices that deal with commercial space issues, which combined received less than $20 million in 2016, would get large — on a percentage basis — increases in the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget.