NASA Authorization Act - S.3799

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Overview
Purpose: 
"To authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and for other purposes."
Primary sponsors: 
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Latest major action: 
Bill introduced, Dec. 19, 2018
Summary of provisions

Selected provisions related to science

  • Recommends the NASA Science Mission Directorate be funded at $6.4 billion in fiscal year 2019
  • Extends NASA's operation of the International Space Station from 2024 to 2030
  • Provides legislative authorization to NASA's Lunar Discovery Program
  • Authorizes NASA to support the search for technosignatures of intelligent life beyond the Earth
  • Authorizes a new cap of $9 billion for the development of the James Webb Space Telescope
  • Directs NASA to continue development of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope and places a cap of $3.2 billion on its development costs
  • Expresses support for NASA's Earth Science program
  • Institutes limitations on cooperation between NASA and China
Actions
Actions on the Senate bill: 
Bill introduced
Dec. 19, 2018
Status update: 

A largely different "NASA Authorization Act" (H.R.5503) was introduced in the House on April 13, 2018.

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