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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending May 29, 2020

Washington, D.C., along with the rest of the world, tuned in Wednesday to watch the SpaceX Demo-2 launch return astronauts to space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011. Due to uncooperative weather that day, the world now eagerly awaits the rescheduled launch on Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 EDT. Today, the District…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending May 15, 2020

This week, House Democrats unveiled a $3 trillion stimulus package, the HEROES Act, while the Senate remained in session to vote on markups and participate in hearings throughout the week. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended the stay-at-home order through June 8. Space Foundation Event Highlights: “America’s Space Force: Building the Future Today”…

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

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

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

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

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

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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State of Space 2020: A Summary

On February 11, 2020, the Space Foundation presented the State of Space 2020 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Attended by hundreds of members of the space community, the media, and the government, the event featured discussions covering the priorities, challenges, and opportunities in space in the year 2020, and the years ahead.…

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

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

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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