Houston Chronicle: Bipartisan bill would extend U.S. operation of Space Station


A bipartisan group of senators proposed a bill Wednesday that would fund NASA for the next fiscal year and extend U.S. operations of the International Space Station through 2030.

The measure, called the NASA Authorization Act of 2019, is co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and directs Congress to provide the space agency with $22.8 billion for fiscal year 2020.

The bill would, among other things, extend authorization for the space station through 2030 and direct NASA to take steps to grow the “space economy,” said Cruz, a Texas Republican who chairs the aviation and space subcommittee.

U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats, and Roger Wicker, a Republican, are co-sponsors.

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