Senate Democrats have abandoned an effort to pass an authorization bill to fund the government through Sept. 30th of next year after opposition from Republicans who cited pork provisions in the legislation.Â This means that the government will be funded by a stop-gap spending measure that will keep funding at existing levels until a new Congress can convene in January and work out a budget targeted for approval byÂ Feb. 18. The fiscal year began back on Oct. 1.
For NASA, this means that existing programs will continue and efforts to change the space agency’s human spaceflight focus will have to wait a bit longer. It also introduces a degree of uncertainty because the Democratically controlled Congress will shift to one where Republicans control the House and have a larger minority in the Senate.
The two parties are bickering and pointing fingers at each other, which you can read about here. Me? It makes my head spin just thinking about it. I’m going to take a long nap. Someone please wake me up when Congress actually does its job. Passing a budget is, like, the main thing we elect them to do. Right?