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Congressional Hearings – July 23, 2007

July 22nd, 2007 by selise

the big hearing for the week is expected to be:

Tuesday, Jul. 24 at 9:30 am – Senate Judiciary
To continue oversight hearings to examine the Department of Justice.
Witness: The Honorable Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States

the complete list (i think!) of hearings for the week:

Monday, Jul. 23, 2007

3 pm – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine energy and democracy, focusing on whether the development of democracy is incompatible with the development of a country’s energy resources.

5 pm – Senate Finance
Business meeting to consider S.J.Res.16, approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.

5 pm – House Rules
H.R. 3093 – Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2008.

Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Judiciary
To continue oversight hearings to examine the Department of Justice.
Witness: The Honorable Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Hearing
Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission – Part 2

10 am – House Science and Technology
NASA’s Space Shuttle and International Space Station Programs: Status and Issues

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation
FAA’s Aging ATC Facilities: Investigating the Need to Improve Facilities and Worker Conditions

10 am – House Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Oversight
Hearing on Tax-Exempt Charitable Organization

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Water and Power: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1970 and H.R. 2515

10 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Hearing on Inadvertent File Sharing Over Peer-to-Peer Networks

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine the protection of children on the internet.

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the government tax policy in farm country.

10 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Michael W. Michalak, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and Eric G. John, of Indiana, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine the BioShield and Preparedness programs, focusing on improvements needed for epidemics.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Jim Nussle, of Iowa, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

1 pm – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Markup of: H.R. 1943, the “Stop AIDS in Prison Act of 2007”;
H.R. 1199, the “Drug Endangered Children Act of 2007”;
H.R. 400, the “War Profiteering Prevention Act of 2007”;
H.R. 2740, the “MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007”; and
H.R. 3013, the “Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007”

1 pm – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Oversight Hearing on Privacy in the Hands of the Government: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and the Privacy Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2pm – House Armed Services
The Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on surface combatant construction update.

2 pm – House Veteran Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
IT Inventory Management

2 pm – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Insular Affairs: Oversight Hearing on “Implementation of the Compact of Free Association between the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands”

2 pm – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Business meeting to markup the nomination of Charles L. Hopkins, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Operations, Preparedness, Security and Law Enforcement).

2:15 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Henrietta Holsman Fore, of Nevada, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

2:30 pm – Senate Environment and Public Works, Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wildlife Protection Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine economic and international issues, focusing on global warming policy.

3 pm – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on H.R. 2908, the “Deaths in Custody Act of 2007”
Promptly following Markup in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine S.732, to empower Peace Corps volunteers.

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine Department of Veterans Affairs health care funding.

10 am - Senate Finance
Business meeting to consider the nominations of David H. McCormick, of Pennsylvania, to be an Under Secretary, and Peter B. McCarthy, of Wisconsin, to be an Assistant Secretary, both of the Department of the Treasury, Kerry N. Weems, of New Mexico, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Tevi David Troy, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Charles E. F. Millard, of New York, to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Business meeting to consider S.625, to protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco products, S.1183, to enhance and further research into paralysis and to improve rehabilitation and the quality of life for persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities, S.579, to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to make grants for the development and operation of research centers regarding environmental factors that may be related to the etiology of breast cancer, S.898, to amend the Public Health Service Act to fund breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease research while providing more help to caregivers and increasing public education about prevention, an original bill entitled, “Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007”, and the nominations of Diane Auer Jones, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, David C. Geary, of Missouri, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences, and Miguel Campaneria, of Puerto Rico, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Dennis R. Schrader, of Maryland, to be Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.

10 am – Senate Rules and Administration
Hearing to receive testimony on S. 1487, the Ballot Integrity Act

10 am – Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
To hold an oversight hearing to examine Gulf Coast disaster loans, focusing on the future of the disaster assistance program.

10 am – Senate Joint Economic Committee
To hold hearings to examine the national foreclosure crisis, focusing on subprime mortgage fallout.

10 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs, Subcommittee on Domestic Policy
Hearing: ExxonMobil and Shell Answer Questions about Hot Fuels Double Standards

10 am – House Veteran Affairs
PTSD and Personality Disorders: Challenges for the VA

10 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Oversight Hearing: “The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977: A 30th Anniversary Review”

10 am – House Financial Services
Improving Federal Consumer Protection in Financial Services – Consumer and Industry Perspectives

10 am – House Armed Services
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on A Third Way: Alternatives for Iraq’s Future (Part 3 of 4).

10:15 am – House Judiciary
Meeting to Consider: a Resolution and Report Recommending to the House of Representatives that Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten be Cited for Contempt of Congress
Immediately following the meeting — Markup of: H.R. 1943, the “Stop AIDS in Prison Act of 2007”; H.R. 1199, the “Drug Endangered Children Act of 2007”; H.R. 400, the “War Profiteering Prevention Act of 2007”; H.R. 2740, the “MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007”; H.R. 2102, the “Free Flow of Information Act of 2007”; and H.R. 3013, the “Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007”

11:30 – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
The purpose of the business meeting is to consider Republican Subcommittee Appointments. To consider the nomination of Kevin M. Kolevar to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability), Department of Energy. To consider the nomination of James L. Caswell to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior. To consider the nomination of Lisa E. Epifani to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs), Department of Energy. To consider the nomination of Clarence H. Albright to be Under Secretary of Energy, Department of Energy. To consider the nomination of Brent T. Wahlquist to be the Director of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of the Interior. To consider S.169, S.278, S.289, S.443, S.444, S.471, S.637, S.645, S.647, S.722, S.800, S.817, S.838, S.955, S.1089, S.1148, S.1182, S.1203, S.1728, H.R.85, H.R.247, H.R.407, H.R.995, H.R.1100, H.R.1126, and H. Con. Res.116.

1 pm – House Armed Services
The Joint Full Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will meet to receive testimony on Implications of the National Intelligence Estimate regarding Al-Qaeda.

2 pm – House Financial Services
Rooting Out Discrimination in Mortgage Lending: Using HMDA as a Tool for Fair Lending Enforcement

2 pm – Senate Environment and Public Works, Superfund and Environmental Health Subcommittee
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice programs.

2:15 m – Senate Foreign Relations
Hearing on Pakistan’s Future: Building Democracy, Or Fueling Extremism?

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine United States trade relations with China.

3 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine the implementation of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. (Public Law 109-435).

Thursday, Jul. 26, 2007

9 am – House Armed Services
The Full Committee will meet to receive testimony on Upholding the Principle of Habeas Corpus for Detainees.

9:30 – Senate Indian Affairs
Hearing on the nomination of Charles W. Grim to be Director of the Indian Health Service

10 am – Senate Budget
Business meeting to consider the nomination of Jim Nussle, of Iowa, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine preparation taken for digital television transition.

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
To hold 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 S.1060, to reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, to improve reentry planning and implementation, S.453, to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections, S.1692, to grant a Federal charter to Korean War Veterans Association, Incorporated, an original bill entitled, “School Safety and Law Enforcement Act”, and the nomination of Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, of Puerto Rico, to be United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.

10 am – House Veteran Affairs, Subcommittee on Health
Gulf War Exposures

10 am – House Science and Technology
The Globalization of R&D and Innovation, Pt. II: The University Response

10 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Hearing on Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the U.S. Embassy Construction Project in Baghdad’s Green Zone

10 am – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on the Internet Tax Freedom Act

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2262

1:30 pm – House Judiciary
Oversight hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Affairs, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives
Hearing on 2010 Census: Workforce

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Affairs, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia
Hearing on The Postal Service: Planning for the 21st Century

2 pm – House Veteran Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Contract Bundling Oversight

2 pm – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3058

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee
To continue hearings to examine the Railroad Safety Enhancement Act.

2:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources, Water and Power Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine S.300, to authorize appropriations for the Bureau of Reclamation to carry out the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program in the States of Arizona, California, and Nevada, S.1258, to amend the Reclamation Safety of Dams Act of 1978 to authorize improvements for the security of dams and other facilities, S.1477, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to carry out the Jackson Gulch rehabilitation project in the State of Colorado, S.1522, to amend the Bonneville Power Administration portions of the Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Act of 2000 to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008 through 2014, and H.R.1025, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a studyto determine the feasibility of implementing a water supply and conservation project to improve water supply reliability, increase the capacity of water storage, and improve water management efficiency in the Republican River Basin between Harlan County Lake in Nebraska and Milford Lake in Kansas.

Friday, Jul. 27, 2007

9:30 am – House Judiciary
Hearing on: H.R. 2128, the “Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2007”

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