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Congressional Hearings – Sept 17, 2007

September 16th, 2007 by selise

will update as needed. please leave a comment with corrections and additions. thx.

It’s a very busy week – lots of hearings in Congress. Here’s my short list:

FISA:
Tuesday, 10 am – House Intelligence
Full Committee Hearing – FISA with Jim Dempsey, Jim Baker, and Kate Martin
Tuesday, 11 am – House Judiciary
Hearing on Warrantless Surveillance and the FISA: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans’ Privacy Rights (Part II) with Mike McConnell and Kenneth Wainstein
Thursday, 9 am – House Intelligence
Full Committee Hearing – FISA with the DNI

Iraq:
Wedesday, 10:00 am – House Foreign Affairs
Assessment of the Administration’s September Report on the Status of U.S. Political and Military Efforts in Iraq. Witnesses: Lindsey Graham and Richard C. Holbrooke

Corruption:
Thursday, 10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing Assessing the State of Iraqi Corruption
Thursday, 11:30 am – House Armed Services
Preventing and Fighting Corruption in Contracting and Establishing and Maintaining Appropriate Controls on Materiel.

Economic:
Thursday, 10 am – House Financial Services
Legislative and Regulatory Options for Minimizing and Mitigating Mortgage Foreclosures

Human Rights:
Wednesday, 2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
To examine the “material support to terrorist organizations” bar to admission to asylum and resettlement in the United States, focusing on the denial of refuge to the persecuted.

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

Monday, Sept. 17, 2007

5 pm – House Rules
Full Committee on H.R. 1852 – Expanding Homeownership Act, and H.R. 2761 – Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act. H-313 Capitol.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007

10 am - Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation
Oversight of the NFL Retirement System
The hearing will examine the current compensation system for National Football League (NFL) retirees with claims of advanced injuries that became symptomatic after retiring from the NFL.

10 am – Senate Finance
Breaking the Methamphetamine Supply Chain: Meeting Challenges at the Border

10 am – House Intelligence
Full Committee Hearing – FISA with Jim Dempsey, Jim Baker, and Kate Martin

10 am – House Ways and Means
Markup of:
1. H.R. 3375,"To extend the trade adjustment assistance program under the Trade Act of 1974 for 3 months"
2. H.R.___, the "Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2007"
3. H.R.___, the "Airport and Airway Trust Fund Financing Act of 2007"

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Business
Subcommittee Business Meeting

10 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing
Nuclear Terrorism Prevention: Status Report on the Federal Government’s Assessment of New Radiation Detection Monitors

10 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health Hearing
Answering the Call: Medical Monitoring and Treatment of 9/11 Health Effects

10 am – House Education and Labor, Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee
Hearing on "The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act"

10 am – House Armed Services, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
Benefits and medical care for Federal and U.S. contractor employees deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Witnesses:
Patricia S. Bradshaw, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy, DoD
Shelby Hallmark, Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Dept. of Labor
Brenda S. Farrell, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management Team, GAO 

10:30 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine corporate fraud prosecutions and the attorney-client privilege under the McNulty Memorandum.

11 am – House Veterans Affairs
State of the Department of Veterans Affairs

11 am – House Judiciary
Hearing on Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans’ Privacy Rights (Part II)
Witnesses:
Mike McConnell, Director of National Intelligence
Kenneth Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security US DOJ

1:30 pm – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Oversight Hearing: U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia: Oil, Anxiety, and Ambivalence
witnesses:
F. Gregory Gause, III, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Vermont
Lee S. Wolosky, Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

2 pm – House Education and Labor, Workforce Protections Subcommittee
Hearing on "The Family and Medical Leave Act: Extending Coverage to Military Families Left at Home"

2 pm – House Intelligence
Amerithrax Follow-up: DHS briefing on current efforts against Biological threats.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Nominations

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007

9:30 am – Joint Economic Committee
To hold hearings to examine the evolution of an economic crisis, focusing on the subprime lending disaster and the threat to the broader economy.

9:30 am – Senate Indian Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the process of federal recognition of Indian tribes.

9:30 am – Senate Rules and Administration
To hold a hearing to examine S. 1905, to provide for a rotating schedule for regional selection of delegates to a national Presidential nominating convention.

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold oversight hearings to examine information technology.

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Nominations

10 am – Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Business meeting to markup S. 1518, to amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to reauthorize the Act, and H.R. 835, to reauthorize the programs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for housing assistance for Native Hawaiians, and an original bill entitled, “FHA Modernization Act of 2007”.

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security, and Water Quality
"Meeting America’s Wastewater Infrastructure Needs in the 21st Century."

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
Findings of the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors

10 am – House Education and Labor
Markup on "H.R. 1644, Re-Empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Tradesworkers (RESPECT) Act"

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
Findings of the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors

10 am – House Science and Technology
Bridge Safety: Next Steps to Protect the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure [re-scheduled from 9/11/07]

10:00 am – House Foreign Affairs
Oversight Hearing: Assessment of the Administration’s September Report on the Status of U.S. Political and Military Efforts in Iraq
witnesses:
Lindsey Graham, United States Senator
Richard C. Holbrooke, Vice Chairman, Perseus LLC

10 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Hearing
Protecting Children from Lead-Tainted Imports (Day 1)

10 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Hearing
Issues in Emergency Communications: A Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3403, the 911 Modernization and Public Safety Act of 2007

10:30 am – Senate Committee on Aging
To hold hearings to examine preparing for the digital television transition, focusing on how senior citizens will be affected.

11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Cruise Ship Security Practices and Procedures

1 pm – House Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support
Hearing on Modernizing Unemployment Insurance to Reduce Barriers for Jobless Workers

2 pm – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on: H.R. ____, the “Regulatory Improvement Act of 2007”

2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the “material support to terrorist organizations” bar to admission to asylum and resettlement in the United States, focusing on the denial of refuge to the persecuted.

2:30 pm – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Briefing and Oversight Hearing: U.S.-Brazil Relations
briefers & witnesses:
Mr. Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Stanley Gacek, Esq., Associate Director of the International Department, AFL-CIO
Joel Velasco, Managing Director, Stonebridge International LLC
Mark Smith, Managing Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

3 pm – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
International Operations and Organizations, Democracy and Human Rights Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the Everglades, focusing on protecting natural treasures through international organizations.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007

9 am – House Intelligence
Full Committee Hearing – FISA with the DNI

9:30 am – Joint House Veterans Affairs and Senate Veterans Affairs
The American Legion Legislative Presentation
Joint hearings to examine the legislative presentation by the American Legion.

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Hearing
Protecting Children from Lead-Tainted Imports (Day 2)

9:55 am – Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Business meeting to consider S. 589, to provide for the transfer of certain Federal property to the United States Paralympics, Incorporated, a subsidiary of the United States Olympic Committee, and General Service Administration resolutions.

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
Full Committee hearing entitled, "Oversight Hearing to Examine the Condition of our Nation’s Bridges."

10 am – Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
To hold hearings to examine expanding opportunities for women entrepreneurs, focusing on the future of women’s small business programs.

10am – Senate Finance
Frozen Out: A Review of Bank Treatment of Social Security Benefits

10 am – Senate Judiciary
"Executive Business Meeting"
I. Bills
S. 1845, A bill to provide for limitations in certain communications between the Department of Justice and the White House (Whitehouse, Leahy)
S.772, Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2007 (Leahy, Kohl, Coleman, Feingold)
S.1267, Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 (Lugar, Dodd, Graham)
S.1703, Trafficking in Persons Accountability Act of 2007 (Durbin, Coburn)
II. Nominations
Jennifer Walker Elrod to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit
Patrick Shen, Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices

10 am – House Financial Services
Legislative and Regulatory Options for Minimizing and Mitigating Mortgage Foreclosures

10 am – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law
Hearing on USCIS Fee Increase Rule

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

10 am – House Budget
Using Taxpayers’ Dollars Most Efficiently: Perspectives on Performance Budgeting
Witnesses:
Clay Johnson III, Deputy Director for Management, OMB
David M. Walker, Comptroller General of US GAO
Dr. Peter R. Orszag, Director, CBO

11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Rail Competition and Service

11:30 am – House Armed Services
Accountability During Contingency Operations:  Preventing and Fighting Corruption in Contracting and Establishing and Maintaining Appropriate Controls on Materiel.
Witnesses:
Thomas F. Gimble, Principal Deputy Inspector General, DoD
Shay Assad, Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy and Strategic Sourcing, DoD
Lieutenant General N. Ross Thompson, Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology
Kathryn Condon, Executive Deputy to the Commanding General Army Materiel Command

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment
Oversight Hearing: U.S. Assistance in East Asia and the Pacific: An Overview
witnesses:
Glyn T. Davies, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands , Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Lisa Chiles, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, USAID

2 pm – House Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Hearing
Oversight Hearing on Licensure and Certification of Transitioning Veterans

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the Office of Management and Budget’s oversight on ongoing information systems projects, focusing on the efficacy of the management practices use by agencies to ensure the success of the projects.

2:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine S. 1433, to amend the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to provide competitive status to certain Federal employees in the State of Alaska, S. 1143, to designate the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and the surrounding Federal land in the State of Florida as an Outstanding Natural Area and as a unit of the National Landscape System, S. 2034, to amend the Oregon Wilderness Act of 1984 to designate the Copper Salmon Wilderness and to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the North and South Forks of the Elk River in the State of Oregon as wild or scenic rivers, S. 1377, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the City of Henderson, Nevada, certain Federal land located in the City, S. 1608, to provide for the conveyance of certain land in Clark County, Nevada, for use by the Nevada National Guard, H.R. 815, to provide for the conveyance of certain land in Clark County, Nevada, for use by the Nevada National Guard, S. 1740, to amend the Act of February 22, 1889, and the Act of July 2, 1862, to provide for the management of public land trust funds in the State of North Dakota, S. 1802, to adjust the boundaries of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in the State of Idaho, S. 1803, to authorize the exchange of certain land located in the State of Idaho, S. 1939, to provide for the conveyance of certain land in the Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico, and S. 1940, to reauthorize the Rio Puerco Watershed Management Program.

4 pm – Senate Committee on Finance
Business meeting to consider original bills entitled, “American Infrastructure Investment and Improvement Act”, “The Habitat and Land Conservation Act of 2007”, and to review and make recommendations on proposed legislation implementing the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.

Friday, Sept. 21, 2007

9:30 am – House Education and Labor, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness Subcommittee
Field Hearing on "Examining Competitiveness Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math"

10:30 am – Democratic Policy Committee
Oversight of contractors in Iraq
Witnesses will include Jeremy Scahill (on Blackwater)

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