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Congressional Hearings – June 18, 2007

June 18th, 2007 by selise


1) Continued oversight of the DOJ with Thursday’s Senate Judiciary committee’s hearing to examine the Civil Rights Division; and House Judiciary committee’s hearing on the U.S. Attorneys Controversy.

2) Tuesday’s Senate Intelligence committee’s previously delayed hearing on the nomination of John Rizzo for CIA general counsel. if the committee is doing it’s job Rizzo will be questioned very closely on his knowledge and responsibility for the creation and current status of our programs of redition, torture, investigating journalists who report on this issues, and more (background: here, here, here, and here).

3) Thursday’s hearing on GITMO by the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe looks like something i’d like to watch (members include Dodd, Feingold, Clinton and Kerry)- but the Commission doesn’t have a webpage i can find, so no webcast… i’m going to call c-span to request that they cover it (hope you will too).

It’s a busy week, with lots of congressional hearings. here are my picks for the week (links for complete list here):

Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
Business meeting to consider the nomination of Preston M. Geren, of Texas, to be Secretary of the Army.

10 am – Senate Finance
Business meeting to consider an original bill entitled, “Energy Advancement and Investment Act of 2007”.

2 pm House Judiciary – Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on: War Profiteering and Other Contractor Crimes Committed Overseas

2:30 pm – Senate Intelligence
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of John A. Rizzo, of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2007

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine rising crime in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

10 am – Senate Rules and Administration
To hold hearings to examine S.1285, to reform the financing of Senate elections.

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works – Superfund and Environmental Health Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s response to 9-11, focusing on lessons learned for future emergency preparedness.

10 am – House Financial Services
The State of the International Financial System
Witness: Henry Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury

11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
a markup to consider H.R. 2701, the Transportation Energy Security and Climate Change Mitigation Act of 2007.

2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine pending judicial nominations.
Witnesses, Panel I: Senator Inofe, Senator Dole, Senator Burr
Witnesses, Panel II: William Lindsay Osteen, Jr., Martin Karl Reidinger, Timothy D. DeGiusti, Janis Lynn Sammartino

Thursday, Jun. 21, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine a strategic assessment of United States and Russia relations.

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To hold hearings to examine working towards ending homelessness, focusing on the reauthorization of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Public-Law 100-77).

10 am – Senate Budget
To hold hearings to examine health care and the budget, focusing on issues and challenges for reform.

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
To continue hearings to examine the case for the California waiver, including an update from the Environmental Protection Agency.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Business meeting to consider a variety of matters, including: the nomination of Leslie Southwick, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, and possible authorization of subpoenas in connection with the investigation of the legal basis for the warrantless wiretap program.

10 am – Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, focusing on the implications for United States human rights leadership.

12 pm – House Judiciary – Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on: The Continuing Investigation into the U.S. Attorneys Controversy and Related Matters
Witness: Paul McNulty

2 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

2 pm – House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee
a hearing on protecting beneficiaries in Medicare Part D plans.

2:30 pm – Commerce, Science, and Transportation – Science, Technology, and Innovation Subcommittee
Members of the Subcommittee will consider currently available technologies, and both state-sponsored and corporate programs that reduce total energy use and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

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