19 February 2019
Space News reported that “an appropriation bill signed into law Feb. 15 gives NASA $21.5 billion for fiscal year 2019, $1.6 billion above the administration’s original request.” The final bill “rejects the proposal to reorganize the accounts used to fund the agency that NASA included in its budget request a year ago,” and retains NASA provisions identical to the bill passed by the House in January. NASA’s science programs “were among the biggest beneficiaries of the budget increase” after receiving $1 billion above the original request. The bill did not contain “provisions guaranteeing back pay to contractors who were affected by the five-week partial government shutdown,” including NASA contractors. (Image: Artist's rendition of the InSight lander operating on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
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