The Senate’s version of an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018 includes funds for NASA‘s Earth science missions that are facing cancellation under President Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget request, Space News reported Thursday.
Sen. Chris Van HollenÂ (D-Maryland) said at theÂ American Astronautical Society’s Goddard Memorial Symposium that the Senate appropriationsÂ bill would fund NASA’sÂ Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud and Ocean Ecosystem mission as well as Earth-observing instruments on the Deep Space Climate Observatory.
Van Hollen,Â a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, noted that lawmakers are currently working to break downÂ overall figures “into specific budgets for specific agencies.”
He added that the Senate spending bill allocates $137 million for theÂ Restore-L satellite servicing mission, which the Trump administration aims to turn into aÂ technology development effort in the FY 2018 and FY 2019 budget proposals.
Van Hollen said he will work to secure funds for Restore-L and for NASA’s education program in the final appropriations bill.
The Trump administration wants to shut down the NASA education program, but both House and Senate bills include funds for the initiative.