Washington, D.C. – Today in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) successfully restored funding to NASA’s Earth Science Program. Perlmutter’s amendment, which added $471 million to the FY 2019 Earth Science budget, was included in the funding bill for NASA programs for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 which passed out of committee 26-7.
Initially, H.R. 5503 was set to cut funding for the Earth Science Program by almost 25% from FY18 funding levels. The Earth Science program supports the collection of data so we can better understand the Earth, forecast weather, prepare or respond to natural disasters, and much more.
“This bill still needs more work, but I appreciate the commitment from Chairman Lamar Smith to continue working with me and my Democratic colleagues to make further improvements to the bill before it comes to the House floor,” said Perlmutter.
Perlmutter successfully included a second amendment which encourages NASA to better incorporate a 2033 mission to Mars into their long-term exploration plans.
“This planning is critical so we don’t miss the opportunity in 2033 when the planets align to shorten the journey for our astronauts,” continued Perlmutter.