NASA Authorization Act - H.R.5503

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Overview
Purpose: 
"To authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, and for other purposes."
Primary sponsors: 
Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)
Latest major action: 
House Science Committee approved H.R.5503, April 17, 2018
Committee Reports: 
Summary of provisions
  • Authorizes funding levels for NASA activities, including levels for Science Mission Directorate that recommend higher funding for Planetary Science and level funding for other divisions 
  • Caps funding for the development of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope at $3.2 billion
  • Directs NASA to partner with private sector and philanthropic organizations to search for technosignatures of extraterrestrial intelligence
  • Conveys that Congress views the launch of a space-based telescope for surveying near-Earth objects as a priority
  • Requires NASA to produce a report on the use of nuclear power in space
  • Establishes a contractor "watch list" to identify contractors with a history of poor performance or with which there are financial, legal, or security concerns
Actions
Actions on the House bill: 
House Science Committee approved bill
April 17, 2018
Bill introduced
April 13, 2018
Status update: 

A largely different "NASA Authorization Act" (S.3799) was introduced in the Senate on Dec. 19, 2018.