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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020
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The Senate will reconvene on Monday, May 4, with limited staffing and some hearings scheduled. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that the House will not return next week, as members expressed concerns about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Washington, D.C. Regardless, there are many exciting virtual events taking place next week,…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020
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Both chambers of Congress have adjourned for legislative business until May 4. Over the past weeks, legislators have discussed providing further funding for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) and introducing additional coronavirus relief legislation. Upcoming Space Foundation Events: April 29, 2 p.m. ET “Ready to Fight: How the Space Industry Is…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020
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This week, the community in Washington, D.C., continued to adjust to new teleworking policies. Both chambers of Congress are out of session and will return at the end of April. Although there are no scheduled hearings or markups, staffers are nonetheless working hard to prepare FY2021 appropriations bills. Upcoming Space Foundation Events: RESCHEDULED Oct. 31…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020
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This week, the community in Washington D.C. found itself adjusting to federal agencies’ new teleworking policies enacted in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Upcoming Space Foundation Events: Postponed: 36th Space Symposium, Colorado Springs, CO This year’s Space Symposium has been postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom Zelibor,…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020
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This week in Washington, D.C., U.S. Space Force officials testified in both the House and Senate, answering lawmakers’ questions about the future of the sixth military branch. While Secretary Barbara Barrett (Secretary of the Air Force), General John “Jay” Raymond (Commander–U.S. Space Force), and other key Air Force officials answered members’ questions on the FY2021…

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Washington, D.C. Update for the Week Ending Feb. 23, 2020

February 25, 2020
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Welcome to another edition of the latest space news from Washington. Although it was a short week for policy makers due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, it was still a busy week in the nation’s capital. With the release of President Trump’s budget last week, there was plenty of discussion on how the numbers would…

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Washington, D.C., February Newsletter

February 7, 2020
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As the impeachment trial in the Senate came to a close, legislative activities in Congress began to pick up. Some highlights coming in the next week include the House Committee on Space, Science and Technology’s hearings on space traffic management, planetary defense, and space weather, as well as the release of the President’s FY2021 budget.…

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Space Policy Review — 2019

January 23, 2020
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As we launch into the new year, here’s a recap of some of the key space policy activities, legislation, and funding that resulted from government action in 2019. Government Funding/Appropriations On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed the FY2020 Consolidated Appropriations bill (H.R. 1158) into law (Pub. L 116-93), finalizing appropriators’ efforts to combine…

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Year-End Newsletter from Washington D.C.

December 13, 2019
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As the holiday season begins, all eyes in D.C. are focused on the House’s debate on the Articles of Impeachment. Lawmakers nevertheless made substantial efforts in passing the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Wednesday (Dec. 11) which authorizes a new Space Force and $738 billion for defense.   Upcoming Events Dec. 17 –…

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Washington, D.C., Weekly Space Activity Report

November 19, 2019
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The Space Foundation’s Washington, D.C., team prepares this weekly report of space activity on the Hill. It is published on Mondays on the Space Foundation homepage. Space Industry Updates Nov. 5-6: At the Air Force Space Pitch Day, the Air Force awarded startup Launcher $1.5 million for E-2 rocket engine development and testing. Over the…

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