Last week, the House passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 1301) by a large margin of 371-48. The bill now awaits action in the Senate. The House also passed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 442).
The bill, which passed the chamber by voice vote, sets policy for the agency and now sits on President Trump’s desk. While the bill addresses human spaceflight, space science, space technology, and aeronautics, it does not specifically address the agency’s Earth Science and Heliophysics programs.