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Senate Makes Progress on its Bill to Fund NASA and NOAA

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On June 5, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its version of the FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. The bill includes funding for both NASA and NOAA programs. In mid-June, the Senate began work to vote on the FY 2015 CJS Appropriations bill by the full Senate. However the bill, combined with two other appropriations bills into a so called “minibus,” has stalled due to an inability by the Senate to agree on an amendments process for the minibus.

The Space Foundation has updated its budget comparison documents for NASA and NOAA, which include more details on the various proposed provision and funding levels within agency. Those updates can be found here.

Senate passes FY 2014 Intelligence Authorization Bill
On June 11, the Senate passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (S. 1681). Of note, the bill would require Senate confirmation for the directors and inspectors general of the National Security Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to be passed in its current form and sent to the president to be signed into law.

This article is part of Space Watch: July 2014 (Volume: 13, Issue: 7).

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