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NASA's FY 2020 Budget

The White House released its Presidential Budget Request (PBR) for NASA's fiscal year 2020 on March 11th, 2019, followed by a supplemental budget request on May 13th. Together they propose a top-line NASA budget of $22.6 billion—a 5% increase compared to the previous year. The supplemental request was released in response to a Presidential directive to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024.

 2019 Enacted2020 PBR*% Change
NASA $21,500 $22,619 +5%
Science $6,906 $6,393 -8.7%
Planetary Science $2,758 $2,712 -1.7%
Earth Science $1,931  $1,780 -7.8%
Astrophysics $1,496 $1,197 -20%
WFIRST $312  $0 -100%
JWST $306 $352.6 +15%
Heliophysics $720 $704  -2.2%
Exploration $5,050 $6,396 +27%
Orion Crew Vehicle $1,350 - -
SLS $2,150 - -
Lunar Gateway $450M  $490 +9%
Space Technology $927 $1,146 +24%
Space Operations $4,639 $4,285 -7.6%
Aeronautics $725 $666 -8.1%
STEM Engagement $110 $0 -100%
Safety, Security, & Mission Services $2,755 $3,084 +12%
Construction and Environmental Compliance $348 $600 +72%

All values are in millions of dollars. *Includes the supplemental FY 2020 budget request released in May 2019.

NASA's budget during the Trump Administration. The vertical axis displays both NASA's total congressional appropriation in billions of dollars and the amount requested by the President. The horizontal axis is fiscal years. NASA's full budget history dataset is available to view or to download as an Excel spreadsheet.

To learn more about NASA's budget, visit our "What is NASA's Budget?" page.

Notable proposals

Note: all quotes are from NASA's FY 2020 request and the supplemental request released in May of 2019.

Proposed Cuts in FY 2020

President's Budget Request Source Documents

Congressional Action

On May 22nd, 2019 the House Appropriations Committee approved its Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations legislation for FY 2020, which includes NASA. The bill ignored the White House supplemental budget request and instead increased funding for Earth Science, Astrophysics, and STEM Outreach/Education programs. It also provided funding to continue the WFIRST space telescope and all Earth Science missions proposed for cancellation.

The Senate has yet to take action.

 2019 Enacted2020 PBR*House CJS
NASA $21,500 $22,619 $22,315
Science $6,906 $6,393 $7,161
Planetary Science $2,758 $2,712 $2,713
Earth Science $1,931  $1,780 $2,023
Astrophysics $1,496 $1,197 $1,368
WFIRST $312  $0 $511
JWST $306 $352.6 $352.6
Heliophysics $720 $704 $704
Exploration $5,050 $6,396 $5,130
Orion Crew Vehicle $1,350 - $1,425
SLS $2,150 - $2,150
Lunar Gateway $450  $490 -
Space Technology $927 $1,146 $1,292
Space Operations $4,639 $4,285 $4,286
Aeronautics $725 $666 $700
STEM Engagement $110 $0 $123
Safety, Security, & Mission Services $2,755 $3,084 $3,085
Construction and Environmental Compliance $348 $600 $497

All values are in millions of dollars. *Includes the supplemental FY 2020 budget request released in May 2019.

House Appropriations Committee Source Documents

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