The US Congress’ House Appropriations Committee is set to disappoint NASA over its budget request. NASA originally requested US$25.3 billion for the Fiscal Year 2021. Instead, the committee has decided to award US$22.6 billion to the administration, about the same total as that for this fiscal year. The detail of the bill reveals that the lunar lander programme, designed to produce a lunar lander for astronauts to land on the Moon, by 2024 has been severely curtailed.
As part of the overall budget NASA requested US$4.72 billion to build reusable lunar landers and had already selected three potential designs. Instead, with only US$1.5 billion to play with, it may have to rethink its Artemis Program and move to a smaller expendable type. This would use simpler storable propellants for initial human exploration flights (as, by the way, this columnist has recommended).
Some parts of the NASA budget have come out better than expected. The science budget has been awarded US$7.1 billion, about US$800 million in excess of the US$6.3 billion requested
Space News lists the full allocation of the budget here.