In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congress and the White House will try again this week to end an impasse over a budget agreement that has led to a partial government shutdown, including NASA and NOAA, and affected the paychecks of 800,000 workers. The U.S. astronomy and astrophysics community is ready to rank its science priorities for at least the next 10 years.
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House will try again next week to reopen NASA, NOAA, with vote on conference version of CJS bill
Spacepolicyonline.com (1/18): The U.S. House is expected to vote on appropriation measures for NASA and NOAA this week for the 2019 fiscal year that began October 1, 2018. Failures between the White House and Congress to reach agreements on immigration policy prompted the record partial federal government shutdown affecting much more than the two agencies that began December 22. The legislation would fund NASA at $21.5 billion, up from the $19.9 billion proposed by the White House. While development of the delayed James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) would continue, House language cautions NASA not to surpass the current $8.8 billion cost estimate, which is $800 million more than was authorized in 2011.