As House appropriators approved a spending bill that rolled back some of the proposed cuts in the administration’s 2018 budget request for NASA, Senate colleagues raised similar concerns about cuts to agency programs.
Space didn't come up in the congressional hearings, but a continuing resolution could still derail the military's plans.
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 Trump administration is asking Congressional appropriators to cut $90 million from NOAA weather satellite programs and $50 million from NASA science programs in any fiscal year 2017 spending bills they approve in the next month.
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.
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.
A Senate appropriations bill approved last week provides a modest increase in funding for the federal office that licenses commercial launches, but industry officials argue that the office requires more funding, particularly after the recent SpaceX launch failure.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill June 11 that would leave NASA with some $239 million less than the agency says it needs for 2016, a cut that drew criticism from NASA and others in the Senate particularly for its reduction to NASA’s commercial crew program.
The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence increased funding for the country’s spy satellites as part of its annual intelligence authorization bill, which passed June 4.
A spending bill the House passed June 3 would give NOAA about $5 billion for 2016, but not a cent of the $380 million the agency sought to begin work on final three Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) spacecraft.