WAILEA, Hawaii – A house version of the Emergency Law does not contain specific provisions for NASA that could delay work on Lunar Landers needed by the Agency to achieve its goal of returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024.  At the end of September, the Parliament released a draft resolution (CR), which the federal government would finance after the start of fiscal year 2020 on October 1. The CR would fund the government until 21 November at 2019-level to support Congress's time to complete the bills for the year's funding.
Continuing resolutions usually prevent agencies from launching new programs or changing funding levels. However, this bill may contain exceptions known as "anomalies" that allow agencies to change the level of funding. The White House had asked Congress to include a number of anomalies in a CR, according to Capitol Hill sources, including for NASA's exploration programs B. the Ministry of Commerce's ability to increase spending on the upcoming 2020 census. It is expected that the entire House of Representatives will adopt the bill on 1
Prior to the publication of the bill, Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), Chair of the Space Subcommittee of the House Science Committee, announced a hearing from her subcommittee on 18 September, expecting the CR to be "relatively clean "or anomalies are missing, even for NASA.
"The House will soon vote on a continued resolution for financing the fiscal year 2020, a relatively clean CR with no additional funding for the lunar program," she said. "What will this mean for the date 2024?"
she said that the lack of detailed information on NASA's plans prevented her from answering this question, officials at the agency previously said they would need anomalies in each CR for 2020 to keep their plans on schedule. 19659002] "It would be devastating," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said at a Senate Trade Committee hearing on the potential for a CR on July 17. He said it was not possible to launch a lunar landing program under a CR unless this has been explicitly approved by an anomaly. "If we land in a CR, that lander will not be developed further."
"Many people associate … a CR there with things being stable, "he continued. "The reality is that we will not make any investments we have to make, but worse, we will continue to make investments that we do not have to make."
Bridenstein's comments focused in particular on the risk of a CR, which seems less likely after the House of Representatives and the Senate reached a two-year budget deal at the end of July. However, a CR that lasts more than a few months may still be a problem.
"For this year, we need this budget change, so that we can allocate the land systems and get those contracts out, because that's our long mast at the moment to get to the lunar surface," said Ken Bowersox, Deputy Administrator for Exploration and Research Operation of people at NASA, during the hearing. Bowersox referred to the $ 1.6 billion budget change that the White House released in May, with most of the funds earmarked for lunar countries.
"About the end of the year," Bowersox replied. This is the estimate in NASA's procurement records of when the first Human Landing System contracts would be awarded. "It will slip when we leave the end of the year behind us," said Bowersox.
The parliament adopted in June its version of a budget law for trade, justice and science (CJS), in which the additional $ 1.6 billion requested by the White House was not included. It is expected that the Senate's CJS subcommittee on the allocation of funds will prepare its version of this spending law on 24 September.