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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020
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Earlier this week, the space community tuned in to see the Crew Dragon splashdown in Pensacola, Fla., and welcomed astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley home from their two-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Their safe return officially categorized the joint NASA/SpaceX Demo-2 mission as a success and heralded the return of regular…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020
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For the international space community, this summer, and especially this week have been heavily focused on Mars. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched their historic Hope mission earlier this week from Japan, followed by China’s Tianwen-1 launch. Next week will be NASA’s highly anticipated launch of the Perseverance rover with the mission having cleared its…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020
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It was another busy markup week for House appropriators following last week’s House Armed Services Committee’s full markup of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act. For the space industry, the focus was on the FY2021 Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee appropriations bill for NASA and other agencies. For many appropriators, such as Reps. Jose Serrano (D-NY),…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020
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This week, both the House and Senate were in session for committee markups and hearings. A text of the Senate’s $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill (S. 4049) was released, and the Senate is expected to take procedural votes on the bill with debates to continue through next week, with the goal of…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020
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In recent weeks, Washington, D.C., has been the setting of numerous protests against racial discrimination and police brutality. In Congress, House Democrats are working to secure supporters for a new police reform bill. Much of the bill was drafted by the Congressional Black Caucus, with Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) as the lead whip, and the…

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

May 29, 2020
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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

May 15, 2020
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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

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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