Wednesday will be a big day for NASA in the House, and two key subcommittees markup legislation to both authorize and fund the space agency. At 10 am Wednesday, the space subcommittee of the House Science Committee will hold a hearing to markup the NASA Authorization Act of 2013. It’s not clear if this “committee print” of the authorization legislation differs in any significant way from the “discussion draft” that was the subject of a hearing last month; the link to the legislation in the hearing announcement goes to that original draft. Meanwhile, at 11 am Wednesday, the Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will markup its appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014, which includes NASA as well as NOAA.
The corresponding committees in the Senate don’t have hearings scheduled on similar authorization or appropriations bills this coming week, although they may act soon thereafter. At a Space Transportation Association luncheon last month, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), chairman of the space subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee, said he expected a Senate version of a NASA authorization bill by mid-July in order to support work on an appropriations bill.