Senate defense appropriators support DoD space request, propose ‘tactical responsive launch’ program10 Sep 2019, 22:45 UTC
WASHINGTON — The Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on defense on Tuesday advanced its Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill that provides $622.5 billion in base Department of Defense funding, $70.6 billion in overseas contingency operations funding and $1.7 billion in emergency funding.
The full committee will take up the bill on Thursday Sept. 12. SAC-D Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) provided some highlights of the subcommittee’s proposal but the full text of the bill won’t be released until after the committee markup. The House Appropriations Committee passed its version in June.
Shelby’s statement said the subcommittee supports the DoD budget request for Space Force operations and maintenance, but did not say how much it recommended. The decision to provide funding for the Space Force under a separate line item is different than what the House proposed. The House approved $15 million for the Space Force (a fraction of the Pentagon’s $72 million request ) but put it in the Air Force’s budget.
The SAC-D fully funded the $1.2 billion request for the National Security Space Launch program. It also included language to prevent any changes to the Air Force launch service procurement schedules. The Senate is expected to push back on ...