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Casey DreierJune 4, 2014

[Updated] The Senate Proposes $17.9B for NASA, Matching the House's Increase

Senate committee "deeply disappointed" with the President's budget cut for NASA

Update 2014-06-05: The bill has been approved by the full Senate Appropriations committee. Next stop: the full Senate votes on the bill at a date TBD.

The Senate's Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations subcommittee released initial details about its budget for NASA in 2015. They're proposing $17.9 billion for the space agency, an increase of $435 million above the President's request, and essentially matching the level passed by the full House last week.

Details are few on how this money is spread throughout NASA. We don't yet know if they will follow the House's lead and increase to Planetary Science to $1.45 billion next year. But here's what we do know:

Overall this is very promising. As usual, Marcia Smith at Space Policy Online has a good breakdown of some of the other policy issues, like confidence levels for the SLS and possible additional restrictions on Commercial Crew funding.

The subcommittee approved the bill unanimously, and it now moves to the full committee, which meets tomorrow (Thursday, June 6th). We may get additional information (including exact numbers) then.

Read more: FY2015 NASA Budget, Space Policy

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