Space Policy Events for the Week of September 16-20, 2013

Space Policy Events for the Week of September 16-20, 2013

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

During the Week

With two-and-a-half weeks to go until the beginning of the new fiscal year, there is still no sign of an agreement on keeping the government operating after September 30.   The dispute at this point is primarily among Republicans in the House.  Some, including Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) appear determined to avoid a shutdown for fear it will hurt Republican chances to retain control of the House in next year’s elections.   Others are less concerned about next year’s elections than about other high profile issues like Obamacare and want to tie any agreement on federal funding overall to defunding that program.   The sides seems pretty far apart at the moment, but anything can happen between now and Friday when Cantor has scheduled a vote on a Continuing Resolution (CR) subject to a rule being granted.  The House is scheduled to be in recess next week, but Cantor has hinted that if agreement on a CR is not reached by the end of this week, he may keep the House in session.

Apart from that high stakes political drama, in the space business many eyes will be focused on Orbital Sciences Corporation’s launch of its Antares rocket sending the Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).   The launch is currently scheduled for 10:50 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Wednesday, September 18, but launch dates can always slip.  Stay tuned to for updates.

Lots of other interesting meetings and congressional hearings on tap as well, as detailed below.

Monday, September 16

Tuesday, September 17

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 17-18

Wednesday, September 18

Thursday, September 19

Friday, September 20

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