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.
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.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine spoke at a Washington Space Business Roundtable luncheon March 21, immediately after leaving the White House to attend the signing ceremony for a new NASA authorization act.
One day after President Donald Trump signed into law the first NASA authorization bill in more than six years, a leading senator said he is planning a new, long-term authorization bill for the agency.
Legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate would require NASA to develop a detailed study about it would achieve a long-term goal of humans on Mars.
The U.S. Senate passed a NASA authorization bill late Dec. 9 that, while it will not become law this year, could serve as a template for a similar bill in the next Congress.
A bill introduced late Dec. 6 to fund the federal government through April 2017 includes nearly $75 million for NASA to cover repairs caused by Hurricane Matthew in October.
As the 114th Congress winds to a close, several space-related bills seeking passage, including a NASA authorization bill, are in danger of running out of time.
Two leading members of the House Science Committee called on NASA Nov. 29 to provide more details about a recent report from a science group that appeared to endorse the agency’s controversial Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee and co-sponsor of space resources legislation that passed last year, said Nov. 17 he wants the government to do a better job collaborating with the space industry on making new regulations that affect the industry’s growth.
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday (Sept. 28) confirmed two more of President Obama’s picks for top military space posts, completing a leadership shuffle that began when Lt. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond got the nod to lead Air Force Space Command.