Bipartisan Spending Deal Bites a Chunk off Space Force and SDA Budgets

The SDA's USD 20 million request for research and development has been allocated in full by the appropriators. The leaders of the House and Senate appropriators committees released the text of the two legislative packages that together comprise all 12 funding bills for the fiscal year 2020

Fremont, CA: The U.S. House and Senate appropriators have unveiled the details of a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending deal, which shall fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year 2020. The agreement revealed a USD 32.4 million steep cut in operations and maintenance funds for the U.S. Space Force, from the original USD 70 million requested by the Donald Trump Administration. The National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020, which was passed by the house last week, authorizes the establishment of the U.S. Space Force and supports the administration's initial USD 72.4 million funding request. The appropriators have the final word on the funding, and as it appears, the new branch will only get USD 40 million.

The appropriators also reduced the funding for some of the departments of the Space Development Agency (SDA). As per the agreement, the SDA operations and maintenance will receive USD 30.5 million, USD 14.2 million short of what was requested, while technology prototyping will receive USD 75 million, USD 10 million shorter than the required budget. The SDA's USD 20 million request for research and development has been allocated in full by the appropriators. The leaders of the House and Senate appropriators committees released the text of the two legislative packages that together comprise all 12 funding bills for the fiscal year 2020.

The national security minibus includes conference agreements for four appropriations bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services, and General Government, and Homeland Security. Meanwhile, the other minibus covers domestic priorities and international assistance. It includes eight appropriations bills: Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Agriculture, Energy, and Water Development, Interior-Environment, Legislative Branch, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, State-Foreign Operations, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.

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