Events of Interest: Week of September 19-23, 2011

Events of Interest: Week of September 19-23, 2011

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. All times are EDT unless otherwise specified. Times, dates and witnesses for congressional hearings or other actions are subject to change; check the relevant committee’s website for up to date information.

During the Week

FY2011 ends in two weeks, which means that Congress should pass the 12 appropriations bills to fund the government for FY2012 before then. Not likely, especially considering that the House and Senate will be in recess the last week of September as some members observe Rosh Hashanah. To date, six of the 12 appropriations bills have passed the House and one has passed the Senate.

Thus, Congress needs to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) this week to fund the government after October 1. The House Appropriations Committee introduced a CR that would last until November 18 and calls for a 1.5 percent cut in spending during that time. This is “must pass” legislation for Congress this week unless they change their schedule to be in session next week.

Monday-Wednesday, September 19-21

Tuesday, September 20

  • Senate Appropriations Committee markup of the Transportation-HUD bill (including the FAA’s space office), 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building, 10:30 am EDT (listed in National Journal’s Daybook, but not yet on the committee’s website)
  • NASA media teleconference on Development of Composite Cryogenic Propellant Tanks, 1:00 pm EDT, virtual (listen at

Wednesday, September 21

Thursday, September 22

  • HSS&T hearing on human spaceflight, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building, 10:00 am EDT

Friday, September 23

  • HSS&T hearing on NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building, 10:00 AM EDT

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