Events of Interest: Week of Feb. 22- 26, 2010

Events of Interest: Week of Feb. 22- 26, 2010

The following events may be of interest in the coming week. For more information, check our calendar on the right menu or click the links below. Times, dates and witnesses for congressional hearings are subject to change; check the relevant committee’s website for up-to-date information. All meetings are in Washington, DC and all times are EST unless otherwise noted.

During the Week

The House and Senate both return from the President’s Day recess this week.

  • One piece of space-related legislation that requires action before the end of February is passage of a new version, or another extension of the existing version, of the Satellite Home Viewer Act. The law includes, inter alia, copyright provisions under which direct broadcast satellite companies (DirecTV and Dish Network) are able to provide certain television programs to their customers. At one point the Senate was going to include it in the jobs bill they hope to pass this week, but recent indications are that that bill will focus only on jobs. The existing satellite TV law would have expired on December 31, 2009. Congress did not pass new legislation in time, so extended the existing law to February 28. If the copyright provisions expire, the satellite TV companies might not be allowed to transmit some television programming.

Tuesday, February 23

  • House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Air Force’s FY2011 budget request, 10:00 am, 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz are the witnesses.

Wednesday, February 24

Thursday, February 25

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