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Congressional Hearings – Sept 10, 2007

September 9th, 2007 by selise

The big hearings scheduled for this week are on Iraq and the sixth aniversary of 9/11.

General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker are scheduled to testify in three hearing week:
Monday, 12:30 pm – Joint Hearing of House Armed Services and House Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, 9:30 am – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Tuesday, 2 pm – Senate Committee on Armed Services

Chertoff, McConnell, Redd and Mueller will testify on the terrorist threat:
Monday, 9:30 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

********** Here’s the complete list (i think!) of hearings for the week:

Monday, Sep. 10, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To examine confronting the terrorist threat to the Homeland, six years after 9/11.
Witnesses:
Michael Chertoff , Secretary of Homeland Security , U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
J. Michael McConnell , Director of National Intelligence
John Scott Redd , Director of National Counterterrorism Center , Office of the DNI
Robert S. Mueller , III, Director of the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice

10 am – House Education and Labor
Hearing on "Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965"

10 am – House Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response
FIELD HEARING: “Federal, State, and Local Coordination: How Prepared is Pennsylvania to Respond to a Terrorist Attack or Natural Disaster?” at the Fowler Family Southside Center, Northampton Community College, 511 E. Third Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015

10:45 am – House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement
Hearing on “9/11 Health Effects: The Screening and Monitoring of First Responders” at Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom, NY

12:30 pm – Joint Hearing of House Armed Services and House Foreign Affairs
The Status of the War and Political Developments in Iraq
Witnesses:
Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
General David H. Petraeus, USA, Commanding General Multi-National Force – Iraq

Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine Iraq, focusing on the Crocker-Petraeus report.
Witness:
Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
General David H. Petraeus, USA, Commanding General Multi-National Force – Iraq

10 am – Senate Committee on Budget
To hold hearings to examine health care and the federal budget, focusing on options for achieving universal health coverage.

10 am – Senate Committee on Appropriations, Defense Subcommittee
Business meeting to markup H.R. 3222, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.

10 am – Senate Committee on Finance
To hold hearings to examine the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.

10 am – House Science and Technology
Bridge Safety: Next Steps to Protect the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

10 am – House Small Business
Full Committee Hearing on on SBA’s Contracting Programs

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
Readiness in the Post-Katrina and Post-9/11 World

2 pm – Senate Committee on Armed Services
To hold hearings to examine the situation in Iraq, focusing on the progress made by the Government of Iraq in meeting benchmarks.
Witness:
Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
General David H. Petraeus, USA, Commanding General Multi-National Force – Iraq

2:15 pm – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Business meeting to consider S. 968, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide increased assistance for the prevention, treatment, and control of tuberculosis, S. 805, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to assist countries in sub-Saharan Africa in the effort to achieve internationally recognized goals in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other major diseases and the reduction of maternal and child mortality by improving human health care capacity and improving retention of medical health professionals in sub-Saharan Africa, S. 1839, to require periodic reports on claims related to acts of terrorism against Americans perpetrated or supported by the Government of Libya, S. 2020, to reauthorize the Tropical Forest Coral Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2007, H.R. 1678, to amend the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to provide assistance for domestic and foreign programs and centers for the treatment of victims of torture, patent Law Treaty and Regulations Under the Patent Law Treaty (the “Treaty”), done at Geneva on June 1, 2000, between the Governments of 53 countries including the United States of America (Treaty Doc.109-12), the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (the “Agreement”), adopted in Geneva on July 2, 1999, and signed by the United States on July 6, 1999 (Treaty Doc.109-21), the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (Treaty Doc.110-2), Protocol to the 1951 Treaty of Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation between the United States and Denmark (Treaty Doc. 108-8), and the nominations of Henrietta Holsman Fore, of Nevada, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, Harry K. Thomas, Jr., of New York, to be Director General of the Foreign Service, Nancy Goodman Brinker, of Florida, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service, and Ned L. Siegel, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

2:30 pm – Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
National Parks Subcommittee Business meeting to consider S. 127, to amend the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act of 2000 to explain the purpose and provide for the administration of the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, S. 327 and H.R. 359, bills to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of sites associated with the life of Cesar Estrada Chavez and the farm labor movement, S. 868, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Taunton River in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, S. 1051, to authorize National Mall Liberty Fund D.C. to establish a memorial on Federal land in the District of Columbia at Constitution Gardens previously approved to honor free persons and slaves who fought for independence, liberty, and justice for all during the American Revolution, S. 1184 and H.R. 1021, bills to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resources study regarding the suitability and feasibility of designating certain historic buildings and areas in Taunton, Massachusetts, as a unit of the National Park System, S. 1247, to amend the Weir Farm National Historic Site Establishment Act of 1990 to limit the development of any property acquired by the Secretary of the Interior for the development of visitor and administrative facilities for the Weir Farm National Historic Site, S. 1304, to amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Arizona National Scenic Trail, S. 1329, to extend the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission, to provide improved visitor services at the park, H.R. 807, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the feasibility and suitability of establishing a memorial to the Space Shuttle Columbia in the State of Texasand for its inclusion as a unit of the National Park System, and H.R. 759, to redesignate the Ellis Island Library on the third floor ofthe Ellis Island Immigration Museum, located on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, as the “Bob Hope Memorial Library”.

Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine the Federal Trade Commission Reauthorization.

10 am – House Education and Labor
Hearing on "Why Weren’t 9/11 Recovery Workers Protected at the World Trade Center?"

10 am – Senate Appropriations
Business meeting to markup H.R. 3222, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.

10 am – Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine S. 2017, to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide for national energy efficiency standards for general service incandescent lamps.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Julie L. Myers, of Kansas, to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security.

10 am – Senate Rules and Administration
To hold a hearing to examine the nomination of Robert Charles Tapella, of Virginia, to be Public Printer for the Government Printing Office.

11 am – Senate Appropriations, Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee
Testimony on Enhancing the Safety of our Toys: Lead Paint, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Toy Safety Standards
Witnesses:
Nancy A. Nord, Acting Chairman, Consumer Product Safety Commission
Thomas H. Moore, Commissioner, Consumer Product Safety Commission
Carter Keithley, President, Toy Industry Association
Gerald Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys “R” Us, Inc.
Robert A. Eckert, Chairman and CEO, Mattel, Inc.
S. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American National Standards Institute
Sally Greenberg, Senior Product Safety Counsel, Consumers Union

11 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine regulatory preemption relating to federal agencies usurping congressional and state authority.

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