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FY 2001 Appropriations for the National Space & Aeronautics Administration (NASA)
|NASA||FY 2000 Estimate||President's FY 2001 Request||FY 2001 House||FY 2001 Senate||Final||% Change FY 2000 vs. FY 2001|
|Science, Aeronautics & Technology||5,581||5,929||5,579||5,837||6,190||10.9%|
|Office of Space Science||2,192||2,398||2,379||—||2,508||14.4%|
|Living with a Star||—||20||0||20||20||n/a|
|Office of Earth Science||1,443||1,405||1,405||—||1,498||3.8%|
The President signed the VA-HUD appropriations bill on October 27.
On Oct. 12, the Senate approved the VA-HUD appropriations bill. The Senate also incorporated into the VA-HUD bill the revised Energy and Water bill, which did not contain the Missouri River provision which the President threatened to veto. The Senate passed this combined bill 87-8, and awaits final approval from the House — the vote will take place the week of 10/16/00.
The conference agreement provides NASA $14.285 billion — $685 million over the FY 2000 level. Congress provided the additional $250 million above the President's request to off-set most of the $300 million worth of earmarks within NASA. The net result will be that NASA will have to distribute about $47 million worth of earmarks throughout the budget. It is unknown how this will be allocated.
On Wednesday, September 13, the Senate VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its FY 2001 bill, followed by approval by the full Senate Apropriations Committee. The Senate mark would provide NASA with a 1.76% increase over FY 2000.
Within the Science, Aeronautics and Technology account, the Committee does not provide a breakdown for the Earth and Space Science accounts. Instead, the Committee report language directs NASA "to make adjustments within each of the six enterprises within this account, to accomodate the stated funding priorities and submit these adjustments as part of its fiscal year 2001 operating plan."
Unlike the House, the Senate Committee provided the full request, $20 million, for NASA's new "Living with a Star" initiative. The report language reads, "NASA's fiscal year 2001 request for the Office of Space Science also provides an important step toward achieving a robust and consolidated Sun-Earth Connection (SEC) program. This new initiative called "Living with a Star" and the intent to accelerate the launch rate of Solar Terrestrial Probe (STP) missions will strengthen OSS's overall program. Accordingly, the Committee has provided the full budget request ... for this initiative in 2001 and directs NASA to submit a detailed, long-term plan to create a resilient SEC program by February 15, 2001."
During the committee deliberations, Subcommittee Chairman Kit Bond (R-MO) and Ranking Minority Member Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) pledged to add funding to the NASA science accounts during conference, if possible.
The House VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee provided NASA a 0.83% increase for FY 2001.
Within the Space Science Account, the Committee provided the full request. However, it decided not to fund the new, $20 million "Living with a Star" initiative, citing issues with the eventual costs of the program in future years, as well as concerns over the proposed manner in which the program would be administered.