Events of Interest: Week of December 10-14, 2012
The following events may be of interest in the week ahead. The House and Senate will be in session.
During the Week
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday on the future of NASA. The witnesses offer an interesting assortment of backgrounds.
Also on tap this week are negotiations over a final version of the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and, perhaps, a bill to give NASA another INKSNA waiver and extend third party liability indemnification for commercial launch service companies. Amendments proposed to the Senate version of the NDAA for INKSNA and liability were not considered, so separate legislation is now in the works. Most of those negotiations undoubtedly will be behind the scenes
And, of course, there might be news on the fiscal cliff situation. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) are the key negotiators on that as the days tick down to the end of the year. Spending cuts and tax increases will automatically take effect at that point unless Congress passes and the President signs new legislation to delay or change current law. All federal activities, including national security and civil space programs, could be affected if the country stays on the current course.
Here is the full list of space policy-related events that we know about. Feel free to send us information on anything we missed.
Monday, December 10
Tuesday, December 11
Wednesday, December 12
Editor's Note: This article was updated Dec. 10 to add the information about Bob Walker serving on the Board of Advisors of Golden Spike.
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