Congress has sent President Trump a $1.67 trillion omnibus spending bill featuring $19.66 billion for NASA’s commercial space programs and other projects.
That’s more than $600 million above the space agency’s own 2017 funding request of last year.
The Senate passed the bill by a 79 to 18 margin on May 4. The House approved the spending package a day earlier with a 309 to 118 vote count.
The legislation represented a bipartisan stopgap deal to keep the government running at least until September. The NASA appropriation was treated on a 12-month basis.
Commercial space advocates applauded the robust agency funding.
“The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes the announcement (which sustains) the 1.7 million jobs and the $90 billion trade surplus provided by America’s leading edge aerospace and defense industry,” the AIA said. “Our space infrastructure investments … fare well in the omnibus, with increases for science, aeronautics and exploration programs at NASA, as well as fully funded satellite programs (that will) maintain and improve life-saving weather forecasting capabilities.”
Trump is expected to sign the spending bill soon.