Space Policy Events for the Week of September 23-27, 2013
The following events may be of interest during the week. The House and Senate will be in session part of the week.
During the Week
It's crunch time in Washington as FY2013 comes to an end next Monday and there is no law in place to fund the government thereafter. The House was scheduled to be in recess this week, but the House Republican leadership changed its mind and ordered the House to return on Wednesday. The Senate will be in session beginning Monday, but no votes are scheduled until Tuesday when it will take up the FY2014 Continuing Resolution (CR) that the House passed on Friday. It would fund the government through mid-December, but deny any funds for implementing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The Senate is expected to reject that bill and pass a "clean" CR that only funds the government. What happens after that is anyone's guess. The House Republican leadership and many Republican Senators do not want a government shutdown, but there are enough House Republicans who are happy to shut down the government temporarily in order to make political points about their views on Obamacare that the end game is far from clear. It's a high stakes political battle.
With many in the space community over in Beijing for the International Astronautical Congress -- the annual conference of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and International Institute of Space Law (IISL) -- there are relatively few space policy events coming up, but those we know of are listed below.
Monday-Friday, September 23-27
Tuesday, September 24
Wednesday, September 25
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