S. 442: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017

This bill reaffirms that the horizon goal of the NASA human spaceflight program is to conduct a human mission to Mars, and requires NASA to develop a roadmap to achieve that goal and to provide biennial updates on their progress. Furthermore, the bill continues to provide consistent policy guidance to NASA that build upon the 2005, 2008, and 2010 Authorization ... Continue reading »
(Source: Republican Policy Committee)

The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an authorization bill, which directs how federal funds should or should not be used. (It does not set overall spending limits, however, which are the subject of appropriations bills.) Authorizations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year) but are often renewed in subsequent law.



Feb 17, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019


Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 21, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on March 21, 2017.


Pub.L. 115-10


Ted Cruz

Junior Senator from Texas



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Last Updated: Mar 9, 2017
Length: 57 pages


Feb 17, 2017

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Feb 17, 2017
Passed Senate

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Feb 18, 2017
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the Senate (Engrossed).

Mar 7, 2017
Passed House

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Mar 21, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 442 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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