Events of Interest: December 20-31, 2010

Events of Interest: December 20-31, 2010

Apart from whatever congressional action may occur — like funding the federal government — the only space policy-related event that we know of for the next two weeks is a virtual meeting of the NAC astrophysics committee this Wednesday. Therefore this is the final issue of “Events of Interest” for 2010; the next edition will be for the week of January 3-7, 2011. Have a very happy holiday and thanks for visiting!

During the Week

One would hate to refer to these closing days of the 111th Congress as “sputtering to the end,” but one does hope that the fate of funding for the federal government will be known in the next couple of days. There is still talk of passing another short term Continuing Resolution (CR) — perhaps through February — rather than the year-long CR that already passed the House. The current CR expires on Tuesday.

The Senate has been busy working this weekend. It is debating the New START treaty at the moment (Sunday afternoon) and Senator Kerry (D-MA) just said that the Senate will meet in classified session tomorrow for further debate on the Treaty. Thus it looks like FY2011 funding may wait until Tuesday. The House will back in session that day, if necessary, should the Senate pass something other than the CR that passed the House last week. Both chambers have to agree on whatever passes.

Wednesday, December 22

  • NAC Astrophysics Subcommittee meeting via telecon, 1:00-2:00 pm EST. An update on NASA’s Astrophysics Division and the James Webb Space Telescope are on the agenda.

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