Space Policy Events for the Week of July 15-19, 2013 – UPDATE

Space Policy Events for the Week of July 15-19, 2013 – UPDATE

UPDATE:   The Senate Appropriations Committee’s full committee markup of the CJS bill on Thursday has been added.

The following space policy events may be of interest in the week ahead.  The House and Senate are in session this week.

During the Week

The FY2014 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill that funds NASA and NOAA will take another step forward in the House this week and begin its trek in the Senate.  On Wednesday, the full House Appropriations Committee will take up the recommendations made by its CJS subcommittee last week, which include a substantial cut to NASA ($16.6 billion instead of the $17.7 billion requested) and a more modest cut to NOAA ($4.9 billion instead of the $5.5 billion requested).   That’s the day in-between when the Senate Appropriations CJS subcommittee (Tuesday) and full committee (Thursday) will markup its version of the bill.  The Senate is expected to be more generous because the Senate Budget Resolution approved higher figures for what the appropriators are allowed to spend versus their House counterparts.   Eventually, of course, the two sides will have to agree.

Meanwhile, 2,000 miles away from Washington, in Denver, the American Astronautical Society will be holding the second International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development conference Tuesday through Thursday.   The conference will highlight the research being conducted aboard the ISS.   Now that the ISS is built and operating, its utility as a space-based laboratory must be demonstrated, especially if the case is to be made to extend operations beyond 2020.  The international partnership has agreed to that many years of operations, but NASA in particular is hoping to extend that to 2028, which will be the 30-year mark for when the first module was launched.  The first morning of the AAS conference — which includes keynotes by ISS Program Manager Mike Suffredini and NASA Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld — will be webcast this year beginning at 10:00 am ET (8:00 am local time in Denver).  See the AAS website for information on how to tune in.

Monday, July 15

Monday-Tuesday, July 15-16

Monday-Wednesday, July 15-17

Monday-Friday, July 15-19

Tuesday, July 16

Tuesday-Wednesday, July 16-17

Tuesday-Thursday, July 16-18

Wednesday, July 17

Thursday, July 18

Friday, July 19

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