Trump Wants Cuts in Current NASA, NOAA Budgets

This image shows the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera and telescope, and the Earth – one million miles away. (Credits: NASA/NOAA)

The budgets of NASA and NOAA would see cuts for the FY 2017 fiscal year as part of $18 billion in reductions proposed by the Trump Administration.

NASA would see a reduction of $50 million in its science budget. The cuts would be
“distributed….across the science program, including cuts to unused reserves and missions that are cancelled in the 2018 Budget. It is possible missions would be delayed and/or grants reduced,” according to a budget document sent to Congress.

Trump’s budget outline for FY 2018 proposes to terminate three NASA Earth science missions now under development: Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 3 (OCO-3), Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder, and the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE).

It also “terminates” the “Earth-viewing instruments” on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft, a joint NASA-NOAA satellite launched in 2015 that monitors the Earth, the solar wind and space weather from a location 1 million miles from Earth.

NOAA would be subjected to $300 million in cuts for FY 2017, including $90 million in its weather satellites program.

“This level reflects the planned ramp-downs of JPSS and GOES weather satellites, and the ramp-up of the PFO [Polar Follow On] program,” the budget document states. “This level also delays the EON [12U Earth Observing Nanosatellite-Microwave] contingency mission which is not funded in the Congressional marks. This estimate also includes NOAA’s Office of Satellite and Product Operations.”

The Administration’s budget document asks Congress for $18 billion in cuts from the current fiscal year budget. It slashes funding for research and other programs across the government, including at the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, Federal Emergency Management Agency and more.

The Trump Administration has proposed even deeper cuts in domestic spending for FY 2018. The Administration’s spending priorities incude an increase in defense spending, a tax cut and the construction of a wall on the southern border with Mexico.

  • windbourne

    I guess this goes to the wall that Mexico pays for. Right?

    We need to move the trump-russia investigation faster, in spite of his admin and the top GOP fighting it.

  • JamesG

    Yes. Lets get that childish partisan witch hunt over with.

  • voronwae

    Jobs, jobs, jobs…it’s all about cutting jobs.

  • No thanks. I prefer to drag out an investigation of sedition and treason of the Republican Party and the President of the United States of American and the executive office for a very long time, in excruciating detail. This will be great fun.

    FBI RICO indictments soon, I hear.

  • mlc449

    The FBI investigating Russian interference in US elections, FSB agents controlling Trump officials and likely treasonous behavior by Team Trump is now a “childish partisan witch-hunt”??? You’ve gone completely off the deep-end now and only proving to everyone here how utterly clueless you are.

  • mlc449

    Hurry up and impeach Trump. He needs to go ASAP.

  • JamesG

    Take your TDS pills man.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I’ll bet you thought that about Flynn too. After all since he never registered as a agent for a foreign government, he can’t be one … right? We all know how that one turned out too.

  • Douglas Messier

    I dunno. Reports today says that Michael Flynn is willing to testify under a grant of immunity. We don’t know what he’s going to say, but consider the following facts::

    Flynn was a key point man for contacts to Russia
    He would certainly know all about any Trump connections with Russia and Putin
    Trump fired him as national security advisor on grounds he lied to vice president Pence
    If nothing untoward went on, then why ask for immunity?

    Given that, it could very well be that Flynn feels like he was made the fall guy for the Trump ties to Russia controversy. If Flynn does implicate Trump and his associates in unethical and/or illegal activities, the administration will come after Flynn’s reputation (look! he lied to Pence! Fake news!) with everything they’ve got. Flynn will need to be credible and his claims need to be backed up by records.

  • mlc449

    And you take your head out of your ass and admit the FBI and Justice Dept are investigating their own White House FFS! This is unprecedented in American history.

  • JamesG

    Oh the irony. So we can add American history to the list of things you don’t know much about?

  • mlc449

    As I said, clueless. Elsewhere the Trump dumpster fire continues to burn….

    Rats….sinking ships. 🙂

  • mlc449

    Flynn is very close to the Russians. In fact so close that it makes one wonder whether his support for the Kremlin and Putin is due to some other factor such as blackmail, or kompromat. So I’d wonder how useful Flynn would be in any investigation. Then again the Russians may now feel Trump is a spent force who’s not worth having around any longer and take the decision to cut him loose.

  • JamesG

    Actually that rat got kicked off the ship. But feel free to keep sharing what you don’t know.

  • mlc449


  • JamesG

    You forget who we are dealing with here. If Flynn had anything, or there were anything, he’d come down with a case of the Polonium.

  • JamesG

    Do you know how well vetted an American intelligence officer is? Do you know what it takes to become director of the DIA? Do you know how many foreign (including yes, Russian) contacts someone like that makes in the course of their job?

    Of course you don’t.

  • Douglas Messier

    As Flynn said of Hillary’s colleagues who sought immunity, “If you’re seeking immunity, you’ve probably committed a crime.”

    Of course, nobody was prosecuted in that case, so who knows what will happen.

  • duheagle

    Flynn was fired for lying about talking to Russians, not about being an unregistered agent of a foreign government.

  • duheagle

    Don’t believe everything you hear from the voices in your head, Tom.

  • duheagle

    The FBI gave immunity to a bunch of people during the Hillary e-mail server investigation, then apparently never required any of them to actually say anything. That was when the still-head of the FBI thought Hillary was going to be his new boss PDQ. The one thing Comey has demonstrated repeatedly is that he’ll bend over and grab his ankles pretty much on command. Given that Trump is now his boss, I’m mystified as to why you think the FBI would officially report finding anything in this Trump-Russia investigation even if there was anything to find?

    For the record, I don’t think there is anything to find. My problem with the investigation is that, even if Comey eventually says just that, the man has no credibility. This guy will lack any credibility regardless of what he says about Trump.

  • duheagle

    This is a bad week for you to start sniffing glue. Flynn is not only no friend of the Russians, he was forced out of the directorship of the DIA for refusing to go along with the Russian reset project ginned up by Hillary and Obama.

  • Douglas Messier

    I dunno ’bout that, Doogie Howseagle. Flynn sure seemed to like raking in the dough from those very same Russians that you says he was no friends of. U probably got an explanation for that too, but I’m not sure I’d take it all that that seriously. I mean, least not more seriously than what you just wrote there on the page here.

  • Douglas Messier

    Well you got alotta problems, Doogie Howseagle. I think the investigation is the least of em.

    Thanks for stoppin’ by.

    P.S. Hey, were you a big Nixon supporter back in the day, or was that before your time?

    P.P.S. What about Irangate? Did you defend Reagan then?

    P.PP.S. What was your position on Enron? Defender of the crooked E?

    P.P.P.PS. Thanks for stoppin’ by.

  • JamesG

    And we don’t know what “crime” (broken regulation) he could be trying to protect himself from, as a government employee, private citizen, or as a member of the Trump Administration. The three mean different things.

    Or he could just be trying to avoid that bus.

  • JamesG

    You and Mic must be sharing the same glue…