Congress Resolves Three Space-Related Issues in First 10 Days

Congress Resolves Three Space-Related Issues in First 10 Days

The second session of the 103rd Congress settled three space-related issues in its first 10 days.  The one with the most impact is passage of the Omnibus Appropriations bill funding space programs for the rest of FY2014.  It also extended third party liability indemnification for commercial space launch companies and renamed the Dryden Flight Research Center after Neil Armstrong.

As we reported earlier, Congress has a plate full of space policy issues this year.   Resolving one major and two more narrowly-focused issues in 10 days isn’t bad. Here’s the list:

Of course, that still leaves plenty of items on the space policy “to do” list and now that the FY2014 appropriations are completed, it’s time to start work on FY2015.  The President is supposed to submit his budget request on the first Monday of February each year, but rumors are it will be delayed because Congress did not reach agreement on the Bipartisan Budget Act — which sets limits on total government spending for FY2014 and FY2015 — until late December.

The second session officially began on January 6, 2014.

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