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Congressional Hearings – Oct 15, 2007

October 15th, 2007 by selise

Monday, October 15, 2007

11 am – House Financial Services
Mortgage Lending Disparities: field hearing to discuss patterns of mortgage lending in the Greater Boston Area. The hearing will focus on mortgage lending disparities in the Boston area, including data that reveals that Black and Latino borrowers were much more likely than whites or Asians in this area to receive higher-priced loans.

5 pm – House Rules
Full Committee. on H.R. 2102 – Free Flow of Information Act; H.Res. __ – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the withholding of information relating to corruption in Iraq.

Tuesday 10/16/2007

9:30 am – House Judiciary
Hearing on: Jena 6 and the Role of Federal Intervention in Hate Crimes and Race-Related Violence in Public Schools

10 am – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) efforts and progress on H.R. 1, “Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007”.

10 am – Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the Security and Accountability For Every (SAFE) Port Act (Public Law 109-347) one year after its enactment.

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Markup of H.R. 1236, To make permanent the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a special postage stamp to support breast cancer research, amended; and H.R. 1424, the “Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007”, amended.

10 am – House Financial Services
Hearing on the Reauthorization of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

10 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives
Hearing on Critical Budget Issues Affecting the 2010 Census

10 am – House Transportation and Infrasructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Railroad-Owned Solid Waste Transload Facilities

10 am – House Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, Subcommittee on Oversight
Joint Hearing on Statutorily Required Audits of Medicare Advantage Plan Bids

*** 10 am – House Committee on Natural Resources, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans Subcommittee
Hearing on H.R. 1497 – Legal Timber Protection Act, which provides the tools to keep illegally harvested timber out of the United States and reduce worldwide demand.

*** 10 am – House Committee on Natural Resources, Water and Power Subcommittee
Markup of H.R. 123, H.R. 236, H.R. 2085, and H.R. 2498

*** 10 am – House Committee on Science and Technology
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. 3775 – To support research and development of new industrial processes and technologies that optimize energy efficiency and environmental performance, utilize diverse sources of energy, and increase economic competitiveness, and H.R. 3776 – To provide for a research, development and demonstration program by the secretary of Energy to support the ability of the United States to remain globally competitive in energy storage systems for vehicles, stationary applications and electricity transmission and distribution.

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
The Raw Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Affairs, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia
Hearing on Doing Time: Are DC Prisoners Being Adequately Prepared for Re-Entry?

2 pm – House Armed Services
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on incentives, benefits, and medical care for federal civilian employees deployed to combat zones.

2 pm – House Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Disability Claims Ratings and Benefits Disparities within the Veterans’ Benefits Administration

*** 2 pm – House Committee on Homeland Security
Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee on the protection of aviation security.

*** 2 pm – House Committee on House Administration
Full Committee. on expanding and improving opportunities to vote by mail or adsentee ballot.

2:30 pm – House Rules
H.R. 3773 – RESTORE Act of 2007

3:15 pm – Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine improving financial and business management at the Department of Defense.

Wednesday 10/17/2007

9:30 am – Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Superfund and Environmental Health Subcommittee To hold oversight hearings to examine the federal Superfund Program’s activities to protect public health.

9:30 am – Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense collaboration, focusing on the report of the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, the report of the Veterans Disability Benefit Commission, and other related reports.

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce
Status of the DTV Transition – Part 2
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Hearing

10 am – Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Business meeting to consider an original bill entitled “Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007”, an original bill entitled “Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007”, and an original bill entitled “Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007”.

10 am – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine consumer wireless issues.
Witnesses:
The Honorable Lori Swanson, Minnesota Attorney General
Mr. Lowell McAdam, CEO, Verizon Wireless
Mr. Mike Higgins
Mr. Chris Murray, Senior Counsel, Consumers Union
Mr. Patrick Pearlman, Consumer Advocate, Public Service Commission of West Virginia

10 am – Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on contractors and the work of the government.

10 am – Senate Committee on Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey, of New York, to be Attorney General.

10 am – House Financial Services
The Impacts of Late Housing Assistance Payments on Tenants and Owners in the Project-Based Rental Assistance Program

*** postponed 10 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
EPA Approval of New Power Plants: Failure to Address Global Warming Pollutants

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Mariner Education and Work Force

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
The Long-Term Costs of the Current Conflicts

10 am – House Small Business
Full Committee Hearing on "Small Business Energy Priorities"

10 am – House Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
Joint Hearing on the “Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2007"

*** 10 am – House Science and Technology
Disappearing Polar Bears and Permafrost: Is a Global Warming Tipping Point Embedded in the Ice?

*** 11 am – House Committee on House Administration
Full Committee. on Library of Congress Police and U.S. Capitol Police merger.

*** 2 pm – House Committee on Homeland Security
Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subcommittee on the cyber threat to control systems, and whether stronger regulations are necessary to secure the electric grid.

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation
NextGen: The FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Contract

2 pm – House Science and Technology
Women in Academic Science and Engineering

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment
Oversight Hearing: Crisis in Burma: Can the U.S. Bring about a Peaceful Resolution?

2 pm – House Financial Services
U.S.-Russia Economic Relationship: Implications of the Yukos Affair

*** 2 pm – House Judiciary
Hearing on Sex Crimes and the Internet

2:30 pm – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine the digital television transition, focusing on government and industry perspectives.

2:30 pm – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Daniel V. Speckhard, of Wisconsin, to be Ambassador to Greece, Thomas F. Stephenson, of California, to be Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic, and Vincent Obsitnik, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Slovak Republic.

Thursday 10/18/2007

*** cancelled? ?? – House Science and Technology
Technology to Insure Miner Safety: Tracking and Communication Systems Research and Development

*** 9:30 am – Senate Committee on Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine a parliamentary perspective of challenges facing today’s Europe.

9:30 am – House Judiciary, Antitrust Task Force
Hearing on the Impact of our Antitrust Laws on Community Pharmacies and their Patients

10 am – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the Department of Transportation.

10 am – Senate Committee on Finance
To hold hearings to examine international trade, focusing on import health and safety for today and the future.

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 politicis in government, focusing on the scope and enforcement of the Hatch Act.

10 am – House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
Hearing on: International Piracy: The Challenges of Protecting Intellectual Property in the 21st Century
Frederick P. Hitz, Esq., Lecturer and Senior Fellow, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law

10 am – House Agriculture
Hearing to review structural changes that are taking place in the agricultural economy and their impacts.

10 am – House Armed Services
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on measuring and increasing the effectiveness of Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

10 am – House Budget
The Tax Code and Health Insurance Coverage

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Oversight Hearing: International Trafficking in Persons: Taking Action to Eliminate Modern Day Slavery

10 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Hearing on Black Carbon and Global Warming

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
The 35th Anniversay of the Clean Water Act: Successes and Future Challenges

10 am – House Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Health
Hearing on Health Care-Recruitment and Retention

*** 10 am – House Committee on Education and Labor
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. 3796 – Early Warning and Health Care for Workers Affected by Globalization Act; H.R. 3685 – Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

*** 10 am – Senate Committee on Judiciary
To continue hearings to examine the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey, of New York, to be Attorney General.

10:30 am – Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
To hold hearings to examine lead and children’s health.

*** 11 am – House Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
Full Committee. Hearing on climate change and vulnerable communities. Martin Luther King III, CEO, Realizing the Dream Inc.

11 am – House Natural Resources
Mark up of H.R. 2262 (Rahall): To modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain lands, consistent with the principles of self-initiation of mining claims, and for other purposes.(Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007)

2 pm – House Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Updating the Montgomery G.I. Bill

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight and House Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Joint Oversight Hearing: Rendition to Torture: The Case of Maher Arar
Witnesses:
Panel 1:
Mr. Maher Arar, Via videoconference
Kent Roach, Esq., Prichard-Wilson Chair, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Via videoconference
Panel 2:
Mr. Daniel Benjamin, Director, Center on the United States and Europe, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution
David D. Cole, Esq., Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Affairs, Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement
Subcommittee Hearing on Technology for Secure Identity Documents

*** 2 pm – House Committee on Natural Resources
Legislative hearing on H.R. 1975: To designate certain National Forest System lands and public lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior in the States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, wildland recovery areas, and biological connecting corridors, and for other purposes.(Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act)

2:30 pm – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Science, Technology, and Innovation Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine science parks, focusing on bolstering United States competitiveness.

3 pm – Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Ellen C. Williams, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service.

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