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Congressional Hearings – Sept 24, 2007

September 23rd, 2007 by selise

Monday, Sep. 24, 2007

3 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine scientific assessments of the impacts of global climate change on wildfire activity in the United States.

5 pm – House Rules
____ – Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007

Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To hold hearings to examine two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, focusing on housing needs in the Gulf Coast.
Witness, Panel 1:
Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA) , United States Senator
Witness, Panel 2:
Orlando J. Cabrera , Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Witnesses, Panel 3:
James Perry , Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
Alan Brown , Vice President of Operations and COO, United Methodist Senior Services of Mississippi, Inc.
James R. Kelly , Chief Executive Officer, Providence Community Housing and Catholic Charities
Emelda Paul , President, Lafitte Resident Council
Amy Liu , Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
Edgar Bright , President, Standard Mortgage Corporation – on behalf of the Mortgage Bankers Association

9:30 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine stregthening the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). "Strengthening FISA: Does the Protect America Act Protect Americans’ Civil Liberties and Enhance Security?"
Witness, Panel 1:
J. Michael McConnell , Director of National Intelligence , Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Witnesses, Panel 2:
James A. Baker, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Formerly Counsel for Intelligence Policy, Department of Justice
James X. Dempsey , Policy Director, Center for Democracy and Technology
Suzanne E. Spaulding, Principal, Bingham Consulting Group
Bryan Cunningham, Principal, Morgan & Cunningham LLC

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine research and treatment for Gulf War illnesses.

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine S. 1756, to provide supplemental ex gratia compensation to the Republic of the Marshall Islands for impacts of the nuclear testing program of the United States.

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold hearings to examine home and community based care, focusing on expanding options for long-term care.

10 am – House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Hearing
From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degrading Images

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Oversight Hearing: PEPFAR Reauthorization: From Emergency to Sustainability

10am – House Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
A Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers: Management Issues

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Rail Competition and Service

10 am – House Science and Technology
The Contribution of the Social Sciences to the Energy Challenge

10 am – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Oversight Hearing on: the Employment Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice

10 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
“The Melting Arctic: Global Warming’s Impacts on the Polar Region”

10 am – House Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Water And Power
Legislative Hearing On H.R. 123, H.R. 2498 And H.R. 2535

10:30 am – House Ways and Means
Informal Markup of H.R.____, "To implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement"

1 pm – House Judiciary, Task Force on Antitrust and Competition Policy
Oversight Hearing on: Antitrust Agencies: Department of Justice Antitrust Division and Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment
Oversight Hearing: APEC 2007: Advancing U.S. Exports to the Asia-Pacific Region

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives
Organ Donation: Utilizing Public Policy and Technology to Strengthen Organ Donor Programs

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Domestic Policy
Will NIEHS new priorities protect public health?

2 pm – House Science and Technology
Revisiting the Industrial Technologies Program (ITP): Achieving Industrial Efficiency

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management – Emancipation Hall: A Tribute to Slaves Who Helped Build the U.S. Capitol

2 pm – House Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
Board of Veterans’ Appeals Adjudication Process and the Appeals Management Center

2 pm – House Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Oversight
Hearing to Examine Whether Charitable Organizations Serve the Needs of Diverse

2 pm – Senate Environment and Public Works
To hold hearings to examine green jobs created by global warming initiatives.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of David T. Johnson, of Georgia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs), P. Robert Fannin, of Arizona, to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and Paul E. Simons, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chile.

2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine pending judicial nominations.
Witnesses:
John Daniel Tinder to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit
Robert M. Dow, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois

3 pm – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on: Straightening Out the Mortgage Mess: How Can We Protect Home Ownership and Provide Relief to Consumers in Financial Distress?

3 pm – House Rules
H.R. 2693 – Popcorn Workers Lung Disease Prevention Act
H.J. Res. ___ – Making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2008, and for other purposes

Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the role and impact of credit rating agencies on the subprime credit markets.
Witness, Panel 1:
Honorable Christopher Cox , Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission
Witnesses, Panel 2:
Mr. John Coffee , Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Dr. Lawrence J. White , Arthur E. Imperatore Professor of Economics, New York University
Mr. Micheal Kanef , Managing Director, Assett Finance Group, Moody’s Financial Services
Ms. Vickie Tillman , Executive Vice President for Credit Market Services, Standard & Poor’s

9:30 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
To hold hearings to examine the impacts of global warming on the Chesapeake Bay.

9:30 am – House Small Business
Contracting and Technology Subcommittee on small business renewable energy tax incentive possibilities.

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine S. 1543, to establish a national geothermal initiative to encourage increased production of energy from geothermal resources.

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold hearings to examine offshore tax issues, focusing on reinsurance and hedge funds.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Business meeting to consider H.R. 2654, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Servicelocated at 202 South Dumont Avenue in Woonsocket, South Dakota, as the “Eleanor McGovern Post Office Building”, H.R. 2467, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Servicelocated at 69 Montgomery Street in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the “Frank J. Guarini Post Office Building”, H.R. 2587, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 555 South 3rd Street Lobby in Memphis, Tennessee, as the “Kenneth T. Whalum, Sr. Post Office Building”, H.R. 2778, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Servicelocated at 3 Quaker Ridge Road in New Rochelle, New York, as the “Robert Merrill Postal Station”, H.R. 2825, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Servicelocated at 326 South Main Street in Princeton, Illinois, as the “Owen Lovejoy Princeton Post Office Building”, H.R. 3052, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Servicelocated at 954 Wheeling Avenue in Cambridge, Ohio, as the “John Herschel Glenn, Jr. Post Office Building”, H.R. 3106 and S. 2023, bills to designate the facility of the United States Postal Servicelocated at 805 Main Street in Ferdinand, Indiana, as the “Staff Sergeant David L. Nord Post Office”, H.R. 2765, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Servicelocated at 44 North Main Street in Hughesville, Pennsylvania, as the”Master Sergeant Sean Michael Thomas Post Office”, and the nomination of Julie L. Myers, of Kansas, to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security.

10 am – Senate Rules and Administration
Business meeting to consider the nominations of Robert Charles Tapella, of Virginia, to be Public Printer, Steven T. Walther, of Nevada, Hans von Spakovsky, of Georgia, David M. Mason, of Virginia, and Robert D. Lenhard, of Maryland, all to be a Members of the Federal Election Commission.

10 am – Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
To hold hearings to examine improving internet access to help small business compete in a global economy.

10 am – House Agriculture, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
To review reauthorization of the Commodity Exchange Act

10 am – House Armed Services
The full committee will mark up the following legislation: H.R. 2826 – to amend titles 28 and 10, United States Code, to restore habeas corpus for individuals detained by the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and for other purposes.

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Markup of: S. 1612, International Emergency Economic Powers Enhancement Act. H. Res. 635, Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and commending Muslims in the United States and throughout the world for their faith. H. Con. Res. 200, Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
Third Walter Reed Oversight Hearing: Keeping the Nation’s Promise to Our Wounded Soldiers

10 am – House Science and Technology
Meeting the Need for Interoperability and Information Security in Health IT

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Federal Transit Administration’s Proposed Rule on the New Starts and Small Starts Programs

10am – House Veterans Affairs
VA IT Reorganization: How Far Has VA Come?

10:00 am – House Energy and Commerce
Health Subcommittee on H.R. 3610 – Food and Drug Safety Import Act. Randall Lutter, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Food and Drug Administration.

10:00 am – House Committee on Homeland Security
Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subcommittee on addressing the shortfalls in National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness.

10:00 am – House Ways and Means
Full Committee. Markup of 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. 1424 – Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act.

10:00 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Full Committee. on the international perspectives on global warming. Public witnesses.

11 am – House Homeland Security
Mark up of H.R. 2830

11 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. 1483 – To amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to extend the authorization for certain national heritage areas, and H.R. 3058 – Public Land Communities Transition Assistance Act.

2 pm – Senate Appropriations
To hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2008 for the President’s supplemental request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Witnesses:
Byrd, Robert C. - U.S. Senator, D-WV
Pace, Peter – Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gates, Robert M. – Secretary, Department of Defense
Negroponte, John D. – Deputy Secretary, Department of State

2 pm – House Armed Services
The full committee will meet to receive testimony on Army strategic initiatives.
Witnesses:
General George Casey, USA, Chief of Staff, U. S. Army
The Honorable Pete Geren, Secretary of the Army

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement
Federal Contracting: Removing Hurdles from Minority-Owned Small Businesses

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation
Airline Delays and Consumer Issues

2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Michael J. Sullivan, of Massachusetts, to be Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

3:00 pm – House Committee on Rules
Full Committee. on H.R. 3121 – Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act, and H.R. 3567 – Small Business Investment Expansion Act.

Thursday, Sep. 27, 2007

9 am – Senate Indian Affairs
Business meeting to consider pending calendar business; to be immediately followed by an oversight hearing to examine the prevalence of violence against Indian women.

9 am – House Committee on Committee on Roll Call No. 814
Full Committee. on adoption of the committee rules, the interim report that is required by H.Res. 611 to be filed by September 30, 2007, and voting in the House.

9:30 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine hard-rock mining on federal lands.

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Paul J. Hutter, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.

9:30 am – House Small Business
Full Committee Hearing on Legislation to Provide Funding Levels for Programs within the Small Business Act

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine congestion and delays impacting travelers, focusing on possible solutions.

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold hearings to examine the efficacy of national border security.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine pursuing Brown v. Board of Education’s promise, focusing on ensuring equal opportunity in public education.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine 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.J.Res. 13, granting the consent of Congress to the International Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding, S. 980, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to address online pharmacies, S.Con.Res. 45, commending the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation for its work in aiding children and families affected by child abuse, and designating November 2007 as National Courage Month, S.Res. 258, recognizing the historical and educational significance of the Atlantic Freedom Tour of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, and expressing the sense of the Senate that preserving the legacy of the Amistad story is important in promoting multicultural dialogue, education, and cooperation, S. 1267, 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, and the nomination of James Russell Dedrick, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

10 am – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine human rights defenders in Russia.

** postponed **10 am – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East & South Asia
Oversight Hearing: Iran Sanctions and Regional Security

10 am – House Financial Services
SEC Proxy Access Proposals: Implications for Investors

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

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure, ubcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization

10am – House Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Health
VA Grant and Per Diem Program

10 am – House Science and Technology
The National Security Implications of Climate Change

10:00 am – House Energy and Commerce
Mark up session

10 am – House Natural Resources, Subcommittee On National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
Legislative Hearing On H.R. 830, H.R. 2094, And H.R. 3111

10 am – House Homeland Security
Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee on the challenges and strategies to change intelligence centers that operate between law enforcement agencies, federal agencies, and the private sector.

11 am – House Agriculture, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
To review HR 1011, the Virginia Ridge and Valley Act of 2007.

1 pm – House Judiciary
Hearing on: H.R. 2128, the "Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2007"
Witnesses – Panel I:
Ted Poe, U.S House of Representatives (R-TX)
Witnesses – Panel II:
Nancy Gertner, U.S. District Court – Massachusetts
Susan Swain, President & Co-Chief Operating Officer CSPAN
Barbara Cochran, President, Radio-Television News Directors, Association & Foundation
Fred Graham, Anchor, Court TV
John R. Tunheim, Chair, Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management on behalf of the Judicial Conference of the United States District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
John Richter, U.S. Attorney, Western District of Oklahoma, Testifying on behalf of the U.S. DOJ

2 pm – House Financial Services
The Role of Credit Rating Agencies in the Structured Finance Market

2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary, Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine the Google-DoubleClick merger and the online advertising industry, focusing on the risks for competition and privacy.

2 pm – House Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife And Oceans
Oversight Hearing On "Aquatic Nuisance Species and Activities of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force"

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Business meeting to consider S. 1578, to amend the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 to establish vessel ballast water management requirements, S. 1889, to amend title 49, United States Code, to improve railroad safety by reducing accidents and to prevent railroad fatalities, injuries, and hazardous materials releases, S. 1453, to extend the moratorium on taxes on Internet access and multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce imposed by the Internet Tax Freedom Act, S. 1965, to protect children from cybercrimes, including crimes by online predators, to enhance efforts to identify and eliminate child pornography, and to help parents shield their children from material that is inappropriate for minors, S.J.Res. 17, directing the United States to initiate international discussions and take necessary steps with other Nations to negotiate an agreement for managing migratory and transboundary fish stocks in the Arctic Ocean, and S.Con.Res. 39, supporting the goals and ideals of a world day of remembrance for road crash victims, and a promotion list in the United States Coast Guard.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (T.Doc.103-39).

2:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources, National Parks Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine S. 148, to establish the Paterson Great Falls National Park in the State of New Jersey, S. 189, to decrease the matching funds requirements and authorize additional appropriations for Keweenaw National Historical Park in the State of Michigan, S. 697, to establish the Steel Industry National Historic Site in the State of Pennsylvania, S. 1341, to provide for the exchange of certain Bureau of Land Management land in Pima County, Arizona, S. 128, to amend the Cache La Poudre River Corridor Act to designate a new management entity, make certain technical and conforming amendments, enhance private property protections, S. 1476, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct special resources study of the Tule Lake Segregation Center in Modoc County, California, to determine suitability and feasibility of establishing a unit of the National Park System, S. 867 and H.R. 299, bills to adjust the boundary of Lowell National Historical Park, S. 1709 and H.R. 1239, bills to amend the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act of 1998 to provide additional staff and oversight of funds to carry out the Act, S. 1808, to authorize the exchange of certain land in Denali National Park in the State of Alaska, S. 1969, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating Estate Grange and other sites related to Alexander Hamilton’s life on the island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands as a unit of the National Park System, and S. 1039, to extend the authorization for the Coastal Heritage Trail in the State of New Jersey.

3:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine cost effective military strategic airlift requirements in the 21st century.

Friday, Sep. 28, 2007

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the role of Federal Executive Boards in pandemic preparedness.

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation
The Transition from FAA to Contractor-Operated Flight Service Stations: Lessons Learned

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