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S. 442 (115th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017

About the bill

The U.S., the only nation land humans on the moon, last did so in 1972. Mars had often been proposed as the next destination for crewed spaceflight, with America once again seemingly the most likely country to make it happen, but Congress hadn’t passed a NASA funding authorization bill in seven years.

Now they have. And, among other provisions, it includes money to send humans to Mars by 2033.

What the bill does

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act was introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness and whose Texas constituency includes the Johnson Space Center.

While its most newsworthy provision is the aforementioned money to send humans to Mars, the $19.5 billion authorization contains a number …

Sponsor and status

Ted Cruz

Sponsor. Senator for Texas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 9, 2017
Length: 57 pages
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

7 Cosponsors (4 Democrats, 3 Republicans)



Feb 17, 2017

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Feb 17, 2017
Passed Senate (House next)

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.

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 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 442. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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