SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE HEARING ON NASA’S FY2024 BUDGET REQUEST, May 2024

SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE HEARING ON NASA’S FY2024 BUDGET REQUEST, May 2024

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on NASA’s FY2024 budget request on May 16, 2023. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson was the sole witness, completing his appearances before the four congressional committees that oversee/fund NASA to discuss the FY2024 request.

NASA is often cited as one of the few agencies that enjoys broad bipartisan support in Congress, but the two top Republicans who oversee NASA on the committee — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ranking Member of the full committee and Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Space and Science Subcommittee — argued that the Biden Administration is politicizing NASA. They object to a proposed regulation under which NASA, DOD and the General Services Administration would have to require contractors to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, and to NASA spending money on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Nelson pushed back, saying that NASA is managed in a non-partisan way.

SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on May 16, 2023: Senate Republicans Claim Biden Administration Politicizing NASA with Diversity, Climate Initiatives.