Events of Interest: Week of October 3-7, 2011

Events of Interest: Week of October 3-7, 2011

The following events may be of interest in the coming week. For more information, see our calendar on the right menu or click the links below. The House and Senate both are in session this week.

During the Week

On Monday, the House is scheduled to consider S. Con. Res. 29 to grant permission for the Capitol Rotunda to be used on November 16, 2011 as a venue to present the Congressional Gold Medal to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and John Glenn. Congress actually granted them the Congressional Gold Medal in August 2009 (P.L. 111-44) in connection with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon (Glenn was not part of that mission, but was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and served many years as a U.S. Senator thereafter). This resolution, to “present” the medal to them, was introduced by Senator Bill Nelson on September 23 and passed that body the same day by unanimous consent.

On Tuesday, the House is expected to vote on a Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by the Senate last week to fund the government through November 18. Like the CR that both Houses passed last week that covers October 1-4, it cuts funding for government agencies by 1.5 percent from their FY2011 funding levels. The House must pass some sort of legislation to keep the government operating after midnight on Tuesday, so we are back on “government shutdown” alert once more.

Coincidentally, Tuesday, October 4, is the 54th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 by the Soviet Union, which began the Space Age. The United Nations celebrates that achievement and the space program generally every year with World Space Week, October 4-10.

Monday-Friday, October 3-7

Tuesday, October 4

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