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Congressional Hearings – Oct 1, 2007

September 30th, 2007 by selise

Monday, October 01, 2007

9:30 am – House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Domestic Policy
Subcommittee Field Hearing on Combating Drug Abuse and Drug-related Crime: What is Working in Baltimore?

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007

TBA – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Business meeting to consider the nomination of Paul J. Hutter, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Hearing
Digital Future of the United States: Part VI: The Future of Telecommunications Competition
Witnesses: Gary Forsee, Chairman, CEO, and President, Sprint Nextel Corporation; Thomas Tauke, Executive Vice President, Verizon; Larissa Herda, President, CEO, and Chairman, Time Warner Telecom; Parley Casto, Assistant Vice President, AT&T Business Marketing, AT&T Operations.

10 am – Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
To hold hearings to examine pending nominations.

10 am – Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine issues and challenges facing current mine safety disasters.

10 am – Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine the National Capitol for pandemic preparedness.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Preserving the Rule of Law in the Fight Against Terrorism
Witness:
Jack Landman Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

** postponed ** 10 am – House Education and Labor
Markup on "H.R. 3685, Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007"

10 am – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
Oversight Hearing: Ethiopia and the State of Democracy: Effects on Human Rights and Humanitarian Conditions in the Ogaden and Somalia

10 am – House Science and Technology
The United States Fire Administration Reauthorization: Addressing the Priorities of the Nation’s Fire Service

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
The Federal Safe Routes to School Program

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing on Private Security Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan
Witnesses:
Erik Prince, Chairman, the Prince Group, LLC and Blackwater USA
Ambassador David M. Satterfield, Special Adviser, Coordinator for Iraq
Ambassador Richard J. Griffin, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Diplomatic Security and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions
William H. Moser, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Logistics Management

10 am – House Financial Services
Systemic Risk: Examining Regulators’ Ability to React to Threats in the Financial System

10 am – House Appropriations, Agriculture Subcommittee
Food Aid Programs.

10:30 am – Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the National Flood Insurance Program.

1 pm – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on the United States Trustee Program: Watchdog or Attack Dog?

1 pm – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on: “Gang Crime Prevention and the Need to Foster Innovative Solutions at the Federal Level”

2 pm – House Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Energy And Mineral Resources
Legislative Hearing On H.R. 2262 — Royalties And Abandoned Mine Reclamation

2 pm – House Financial Services
Credit-Based Insurance Scores: Are They Fair?

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Oversight Hearing: Leveraging Remittances for Families and Communities

2 pm – House Science and Technology
Research and Science Education. on H.R. 2436 – Nanotechnology in Schools Act, and to review current nanotechnology education activities.

3 pm – House Rules
H.R. 2740 – MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act, H.R. 928 – Improving Government Accountability Act, H.R. 3648 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income discharges of indebtedness on principal residences, and H.R. 3246 – Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development Act.

4 pm – House Administration
Florida 13th Contested Election Subcommittee on the progress of the Government Accountability Office investigation into the contested 2006 election of the 13th Congressional District of Florida.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To hold hearings to examine combating genocide in Darfur, focusing on the role of divestment and other policy tools.

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Gail Dennise Mathieu, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia, William Raymond Steiger, of Wisconsin, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique, Dan Mozena, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Angola, and Eunice S. Reddick, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.

10 am – Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s reactor oversight process.

10 am – Senate Committee on Aging
To hold hearings to examine veterans health, focusing on ensuring the care of aging heroes.

10 am – House Agriculture, Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture
Public Hearing to examine the joint performance of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security in protecting U.S. agriculture from foreign pests and diseases.

10 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health
H.R. 1108, Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

10 am – House Financial Services
The Fight Against Global Poverty and Inequality: the World Bank’s Approach to Core Labor Standards and Employment Creation

10 am – House Science and Technology
Energy Storage Technologies: State of Development for Stationary and Vehicular Applications

10 am – House Small Business
Hearing on "The Internet Tax Moratorium: The Potential Negative Impacts on Small Businesses of Allowing Moratorium to Expire"

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
Funding the VA of the Future

10 am – House Natural Resources
Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2837 – To provide for administrative procedures to extend federal recognition to certain Indian groups.

10 am – House Homeland Security
“Practicing Like We Play: Examining Homeland Security Exercises”
Energy Communications, Preparedness, and Response Subcommittee on examining homeland security exercises. Dennis Schrader, Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness, FEMA.

10:30 am – Senate Committee on Judiciary, Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine S. 772, to amend the Federal antitrust laws to provide expanded coverage and to eliminate exemptions from such laws that are contrary to the public interest with respect to railroads.

10:30 am – House Education and Labor
Hearing on "The Perspective of the Families at Crandall Canyon"
Witnesses:
Family members of miners killed at the Crandall Canyon Mine
John Huntsman, Jr., Governor of the State of Utah
Cecil Roberts, President, United Mine Workers of America

1 pm – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe
Oversight Hearing: America’s Role in Addressing Outstanding Holocaust Issues

2 pm – House Financial Services
The Need for Insurance Regulatory Reform

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia
Subcommittee Hearing: “Will Increased Postal Rates put Mailers out of Business?”

2 pm – House Administration
Elections Subcommittee on the importance of poll workers and the best practices and recommendations.

2:30 pm – Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine pandemic influenza, focusing on state and local government efforts to prepare.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations, East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine Burma’s saffron revolution.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine united Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, with Annexes, done at Montego Bay, December 10, 1982 (the “Convention”), and the Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, with Annex, adopted at New York, July 28, 1994 (the Agreement”), and signed by the United States, subject to ratification, on July 29, 1994 (Treaty Doc.103-39).

9:30 am – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the backlogs at the Department of the Interior, focusing on land in to trust application, environmental impact statements, probate, and appraisals and lease approvals.

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
Business meeting to consider the nominations of John J. Young, Jr., of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Douglas A. Brook, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Robert L. Smolen, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration.

9:30 am – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Oversight Hearing: Counternarcotics Strategy and Police Training in Afghanistan

10 am – Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the regulation and supervision of industrial loan companies.

10 am – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine the security of our nation’s seaports.

10 am – Senate Committee on Judiciary
Business meeting to consider S. 1640, to amend chapter 13 of title 17, United States Code (relating to the vessel hull design protection), to clarify the definitions of a hull and a deck, S. 2035, to maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media, S.Res. 326, supporting the goals and ideals of a National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, H.Con.Res.193, recognizing all hunters across the United States for their continued commitment to safety, and the nomination of Thomas P. O’Brien, to be United States Attorney for the Central District of California.

10 am – Joint Economic Committee
To hold hearings to examine the cost of mass incarceration in the United States.

10 am – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Hearing on H.R. 3195, the “ADA Restoration Act of 2007”

10 am – House Budget
Issues in Federal Government Financial Liabilities: Commercial Nuclear Waste
Witnesses:
Kim P. Cawley, Unit Chief, Natural and Physical Resources Cost Estimates Unit, Congressional Budget Office 
Edward F. Sproat III, Director, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, U.S. Department of Energy
Michael F. Hertz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. DOJ

10 am – House Small Business
Hearing to Consider Legislation Updating and Improving the SBA’s Contracting Programs

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
Subcommittee on Health
VA Research Program

10 am – House Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Oversight, Subcommittee on Trade
Joint Hearing on Import Safety

10 am – House Science and Technology
The Globalization of R & D and Innovation, Pt. III: How do Companies Choose Where to Build R & D Facilities?

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing: Assessing the State of Iraqi Corruption

10 am – House Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans
Markup of H.R. 1464 and H.R. 1771

10 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Germs, Viruses, and Secrets: The Silent Proliferation of Bio-Laboratories in the United States

10 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials Legislative
Environmental Justice and the Toxics Release Inventory Reporting Program: Communities Have a Right to Know

10 am – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Markup of: H.R. 3609, the " Emergency Home Ownership and Mortgage Equity Protection Act of 2007"

10:30 am – House Education and Labor
Hearing on "H.R. 3185, the 401(k) Fair Disclosure for Retirement Security Act of 2007"

11 am – House Agriculture
Public Hearing to review the labor needs of American agriculture

1 pm – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law
Hearing on Detention and Removal: Immigration Detainee Medical Care

2:30 pm – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine S. 2045, to reform the Consumer Product Safety Commission to provide greater protection for children’s products, to improve the screening of noncompliant consumer products, to improve the effectiveness of consumer product recall programs.

2:30 pm – Senate Committee on Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the implementation of the Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act.

2:30 pm – Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine forestalling the coming pandemic, focusing on infectious disease surveillance overseas.

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