FY17 and FY18 Budgets

NASA Funding:  FY2018 budget may be topic A, but FY2017 still not settled Though Congress is soon to get more details from the Administration on the proposed 2018 budget, the White House and lawmakers must still come to terms on a spending plan for 2017. Unable to agree on a budget last year, lawmakers and the previous administration settled on a budget Continuing Resolution (CR) that holds current year spending at 2016 levels. The CR expires on April 28. President Trump wants a $33 billion supplemental budget increase for Defense and Homeland Security, which means $18 billion in reductions across non-defense agencies, including NASA, though the path forward appears “murky.”  (See also: Trump’s NASA budget supports deep space explorationWhite House seeks near-term cuts to NASA and NOAA programs; A farewell to ARM?; Opinion: NASA’s requested budget of $19 billion is a true bargain)

Citizens for Space Exploration – a pro-space, taxpayer, grassroots advocacy group Citizens Space Explorateion_logo(http://www.bayareahouston.com/content/c_s_e/c_s_e) – has traveled to Washington, D.C. the past 24 years to meet face-to-face with Members/staff of Congress to discuss the value of America’s investment in space exploration. In order to sustain that dialogue on a regular basis, Citizens distributes “Space Exploration Update” to Congressional offices on a weekly basis. The intent is to provide an easy, quick way to stay abreast of key human space exploration program and policy developments.