Events of Interest: Week of March 14-18, 2011

Events of Interest: Week of March 14-18, 2011

The following events may of interest in the coming week. Check our calendar on the right menu for more details or click the links below. Times, dates and witnesses for congressional hearings are subject to change.

During the Week

Another week, another Continuing Resolution (CR). The current CR expires on Friday, March 18. The House and Senate are each expected to pass a three-week extension (through April 8) this week. It will cut another $6 billion, keeping to the Republican goal of cutting $2 billion a week. The cuts appear to be from earmarks (for example, $63 million is taken from NASA’s Cross-Agency Support line, the same amount that was used to fund earmarks in FY2010, the base year used in the CR) and programs that either the President or Senate Democrats have already indicated they want to terminate. Thus, this CR is not expected to be overly contentious. The practice of continuing to fund the government with short-term CRs is contentious, however, with many politicians commenting that it is irresponsible.

Monday, March 14

  • Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Living in Space Panel, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, room 144, Washington, DC 1:00-3:00 pm EDT (in conjunction with the Satellite 2011 conference)

Monday-Thursday, March 14-17

  • Satellite 2011, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Tuesday, March 15

  • NASA telecon on Messenger’s imminent entry into orbit about Mercury, 1:00 pm EDT
  • Senate Commerce Hearing on “Realizing NASA’s Potential,” 253 Russell Senate Office Building, 2:30 pm EDT

Tuesday-Thursday, March 15-17

Wednesday, March 16

Wednesday-Friday, March 16-18

Friday, March 18

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