Hot off the Congressional presses and awaiting passage by this coming Friday night is a brand new omnibus spending bill. Contained within are a lot of dollars allocated to a lot of programs that have yet to be analyzed fully; just note an image of the bill taken by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, District 7 Representative from the state of Washington:
Here’s a picture of the bill that was filed by the GOP at 8 pm last night. We are about to vote on the rule to bring this to a vote in THIRTY FIVE MINUTES. pic.twitter.com/BjLm0PzxN1
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) March 22, 2018
If the bill is not passed, there will be another government shutdown — and it’s clear both parties want to avoid that, and its political consequences in an election year; the mid-term election cycle has already begun, and there are signs that people are angry.
As it awaits study and dissection, fans of NASA can at least appreciate something unexpected: Despite proposed cuts to it by the #45 administration, this bill actually approves more — 20.7 billion — for its budget.
That funding will go to everything from Earth science programs to NASA education programs to the Restore-L satellite servicing mission to the NASA Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope mission, to the James Webb Space Telescope.
Here’s an exact breakdown by Space News:
In an otherwise dark time for science, the idea that NASA could get extra funding is a welcome surprise.