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Congressional Hearings – July 30, 2007

July 30th, 2007 by selise

there are two big hearings scheduled for this week:

Wednesday, August 1 at 10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing on The Tillman Fratricide: What the Leadership of the Defense Department Knew
Witnesses: Donald Rumsfeld, Gen. Myers, Gen. Abizaid, Gen. Brown, Lt. Gen. Kensinger, Lt. Gen. McChrystal

Thursday, August 2 at 10 am – Senate Judicary
Preserving Prosecutorial Independence: Is the Department of Justice Politicizing the Hiring and Firing of U.S. Attorneys? – Part VI
Witnesses: Karl Rove, Scott Jennings

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
To consider the following nominations: Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN for reappointment to the grade of admiral and to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General James E. Cartwright, USMC for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

9:30 am – Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
The State of the Securities Markets

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Safeguarding The Atom: Nuclear Energy And Nonproliferation Challenges

10 am – Senate Judicary
The Leegin Decision: The End of the Consumer Discounts or Good Antitrust Policy?

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation
Nominations Hearing

10 am – Senate Finance
Carried Interest, Part II

10 am – Senate Judicary
The Leegin Decision: The End of the Consumer Discounts or Good Antitrust Policy?

10 am – House Budget
The Costs of Military Operations and Reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan

10 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection
and subsequent days as necessary, to consider the following bills: H.R. 814, the "Children’s Gasoline Burn Prevention Act"; H.R. 1699, the "Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act"; H.R. 1721, the "Pool and Spa Safety Act"; and H.R. 2474, "To provide for an increased maximum civil penalty for violations under the Consumer Product Safety Act".

10 am – House Intelligence
ICM Subcommittee Hearing – DNI 100 Day Plan
Witness: Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell
*** Cancelled (background)

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
H.R. 1302, Global Poverty Act of 2007
H.R. 1567, Stop Tuberculosis (TB) Now Act of 2007
H.R. 2185, To amend the Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998 to provide debt relief to developing countries that take action to protect forests and coral reefs and associated coastal marine ecosystems, to reauthorize such Act through fiscal year 2010, and for other purposes
H.R. 3096, Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2007
H.R. 3062, South Pacific Economic and Educational Development Act of 2007
H. Res. 32, Denouncing the practices of female genital mutilation, domestic violence, "honor" killings, acid burning, dowry deaths, and other gender-based persecutions and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that participation, protection, recognition, and independence of women is crucial to achieving a just, moral, and honorable society
H. Res. 34, Recognizing the 75th birthday of Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
H. Res. 238, Commending the first democratic elections in Aceh, a province in Sumatra, Indonesia, and expressing support for the further democratic development and implementation of the Helsinki Memorandum of Understanding
H. Res. 508, Recognizing the strong security alliance between the Government of Japan and the United States and expressing appreciation to Japan for its role in enhancing stability in the Asia-Pacific region and its efforts in the global war against terrorism
H. Res. 518, Recognizing the 50th anniversary of Malaysia
H. Res. 548, Expressing the ongoing concern of the House of Representatives for Lebanon
H. Res. 557, Strongly condemning the United Nations Human Rights Council for ignoring severe human rights abuses in various countries, while choosing to unfairly target Israel by including it as the only country permanently placed on the Council
H. Res. 564, Recognizing that violence poses an increasingly serious threat to peace and stability in Central America and supporting expanded cooperation between the United States and the countries of Central America to combat crime and violence
H. Res. 575, Commending the people and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for their continued commitment to holding elections and broadening participation, and for other purposes
H. Res. ___, Recognizing the remarkable example of Sir Nicholas Winton who organized the rescue of 669 Jewish Czechoslovakian children from Nazi death camps prior to the outbreak of World War II

10 am – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
Hearing on Ensuring Artists Fair Compensation: Updating the Performance Right and Platform Parity for the 21st Century

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing on FEMA Preparedness in 2007 and Beyond

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Review of the Coast Guard’s Administrative Law System

12 pm – House Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Oversight
Request for Written Comments on Provisions Relating to Tax-Exempt Organizations in the Pension Protection Act of 2006

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia
Hearing on Federal Compensation, Part 1 – Pay

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
Oversight Hearing: The Case of Ramos and Compean: The Across-Border Context

2 pm – House Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Hearing
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 674, H.R. 1273, H.R. 1900, H.R. 1901, H.R. 2346, H.R. 269

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation
Oversight of Telemarketing Practices and the Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA)

2:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Energy: To Receive Testimony on Renewable Fuels Infrastructure

2:30 pm – Senate Judicary
Ensuring that Death and Serious Injury are More than a Business Cost: OxyContin and Defective Products

2:30 pm – Senate Judicary
Ensuring that Death and Serious Injury are More than a Business Cost: OxyContin and Defective Products

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

9 am – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment
Oversight Hearing: The Impact of Coup-Related Sanctions on Thailand and Fiji: Helpful or Harmful to U.S. Relations?

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing
Post-Katrina Health Care in the New Orleans Region: Progress and Continuing Concerns – Part II

9:30 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Oversight Hearing: To Receive Testimony on Recent Advances in Clean Coal Technology

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Exploring The U.S. Africa Command And A New Strategic Relationship With Africa

9:30 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Executive Session – S. 625,  Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act;  S. 1183,  Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act; S. 579,  Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2007; S. 898,  Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act of 2007; S. ___,  Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007 (Continuation from July 26)

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs
Business Meeting

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing on The Tillman Fratricide: What the Leadership of the Defense Department Knew
Witnesses: Donald Rumsfeld, Gen. Myers, Gen. Abizaid, Gen. Brown, Lt. Gen. Kensinger, Lt. Gen. McChrystal

10 am – House Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support
Hearing on Measuring Poverty in America

10 am – House Science and Technology
The Department of Energy’s Support for the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), Part II

11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
Markup

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs,  Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Oversight Hearing: Political Crises in South Asia: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal

2 pm – House Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
Hearing on Aviation Taxes

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation
Oversight of the U.S. Department of Commerce

2:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Water and Power: To Receive Testimony on Current Legislation

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs
Building a Stronger American Diplomatic Presence

2:30 pm – Senate Intelligence
Open Hearing: Nomination of Donald M. Kerr to be Principal Deputy DNI

Thursday, August 2, 2007

9 am – House Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Trade
Hearing on Legislation Related to Trade with China

10 am – House Budget
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: What will be the long-term effect on the federal budget?

10 am – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia and Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
Joint Oversight Hearing: Reconstruction in Iraq’s Oil Sector: Running on Empty? Part II

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Business Meeting

10 am – Senate Judicary
Preserving Prosecutorial Independence: Is the Department of Justice Politicizing the Hiring and Firing of U.S. Attorneys? – Part VI
Witnesses: Karl Rove, Scott Jennings

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs
Service Standards at the Postal Service: Are Customers Getting What They Paid For?”

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation
Executive Session

11:30 am – Senate Judicary
Business meeting to consider:
I. Bills: S.____, School Safety and Law Enforcement Improvements Act (Chairman’s mark); S. 1060, Recidivism Reduction & Second Chance Act of 2007 (Biden, Specter, Brownback, Leahy, Kennedy, Schumer, Whitehouse, Durbin); S. 453, Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007 (Obama, Schumer, Leahy, Cardin, Feingold, Feinstein, Kennedy, Whitehouse); S. 1692, A bill to grant a Federal Charter to Korean War Veterans Association (Cardin, Isakson, Kennedy); S. 1845, A bill to provide for limitations in certain communications between the Department of Justice and the White House (Whitehouse)
II. Nomination: Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez to be United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia
Hearing on Federal Compensation, Part 2 – Benefits

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Hearing: Challenges Facing the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Program

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
Oversight Hearing: Africa Command: Opportunity for Enhanced Engagement or the Militarization of U.S.-Africa Relations?

2:30 pm – Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Reforming Key International Financial Institutions for the 21st Century

2:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks
To Receive Testimony on S.1253, a bill to establish a fund for the National Park Centennial Challenge

Friday, August 3, 2007

8 am – Senate Armed Services
To receive information relating to the treatment of detainees.

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