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

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 ... Continue reading »

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: Aug 16, 2017
Length: 57 pages


Feb 17, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

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

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Mar 21, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Aug 16, 2017
Text Published

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

S. 442 is 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.

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