The House Appropriations Committee voted June 2 to strip about $191 million from an Air Force initiative to foster next-generation satellite technologies and blaze a trail for smaller, less complicated satellites.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on June 3 approved a spending bill that would boost NASA’s astrophysics budget, but strings attached to the measure could actually force the division to make $21.3 million in unplanned cuts, a senior NASA official said.
The House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill May 20 that provides $18.5 billion for NASA in fiscal year 2016, despite criticism from some members about reductions in the agency’s science and commercial crew programs.
A NASA spending bill that the House Appropriations Committee will consider May 20 cuts the agency’s Earth science program by more than $250 million and provides no funding for a gapfiller satellite included in the administration’s request.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said May 18 that while he was happy with the overall funding the House is offering the agency in a draft appropriations bill, some elements of it are giving him a case of heartburn.
A House appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill May 14 that fully funds the Obama administration’s overall request for NASA, but cuts funding from commercial crew and space technology and adds it to the Space Launch System and planetary science.
The misguided NASA authorization bill recently approved by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee is a good illustration of why the space agency will miss Sen. Barbara Mikulski.
The newest member of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA appears to be eyeing the James Webb Space Telescope’s budget wedge to fund human space exploration after JWST finally launches. A former NASA Astrophysics Division director says scientists should be concerned.
Just as Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Feb. 2, indicating that six more weeks of cold weather are in store, President Barack Obama’s NASA budget blueprint — released the same day — foretells an indefinite continuation of the impasse that has gripped the agency for the past several years.
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Feb. 10 on a NASA authorization bill virtually identical to one the chamber overwhelmingly passed last year.
The U.S. Air Force plans to spend $500 million over the next five years, with roughly $200 million to be committed in February, to develop a new liquid-fueled rocket engine to replace the Russian-made engine that currently launches many national security missions.
NASA’s 2016 budget proposal offers a modest funding increase but few new initiatives or other significant changes, setting the stage for another round of debates with Congress about ongoing exploration, commercial crew and other programs.