H.R. 6226 would direct the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Commerce (DOC) to implement programs in space situational awareness and traffic management. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 6226 would cost $127 million over the 2019-2023 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts.
Enacting H.R. 6226 could affect direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. The bill would authorize DOC to charge user fees, which would be recorded in the budget as reductions in direct spending. How, when, or whether the proposed fees would be collected is unclear; as a result, CBO has no basis to estimate the bill’s effect on direct spending. The bill would not affect revenues.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 6226 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2029.
H.R. 6226 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.