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Congressional Hearings – Oct 22, 2007

October 21st, 2007 by selise

Monday, October 22, 2007

5 pm – House Rules
H.R. 1483 – Celebrating America’s Heritage Act, H.R. 1011 – Virginia Ridge and Valley Act, and H.R. 505 – Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

9 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Markup of H.R. 2262

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection
Enhancing FTC Consumer Protection in Financial Dealings, with Telemarketers, and on the Internet (This is a legislative hearing on H.R. 3526, H.R. 2601, and H.R. 3461, bills relating to consumer protection matters.)

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Markup of: H.R. 2949, Eurasia Foundation Act; H.R. 3887, William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007; H.R. 3890, Block Burma JADE Act of 2007; H.R. 275, Global Online Freedom Act of 2007; H.R. 1746, Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2007; H.R. 2332, Syria Accountability and Liberation Act; H.R. 2705, Compacts of Free Association Amendments Act of 2007; H.R. 3320, Support for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews Act of 2007; H.R. ___, To amend the International Center Act to authorize the lease or sublease of certain property described in such Act; H.R. ____, Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2007; H. Res. 435, Expressing concern relating to the threatening behavior of the Iranian regime and its leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the activities of terrorist organizations sponsored by that regime in Latin America; H. Res. 550, Congratulating the people of Ethiopia on the second millennium of Ethiopia, and for other purposes; H. Res. 573, Recognizing and commending the efforts of the United States public and advocacy groups to raise awareness about and help end the worsening humanitarian crisis and genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and for other purposes; H. Res. 726, Calling on the President of the United States and the international community to take immediate steps to respond to and prevent acts of rape and sexual violence against women and girls in Darfur, Sudan, eastern Chad and the Central African Republic; H. Res. 740, Condemning in the strongest terms the attacks on African Union peacekeepers that occurred in Haskanita, Darfur, Sudan, on September 29, 2007; H. Res. 747, Recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali; H. Res. ___, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the violation of the human rights of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Sigma Huda, and others, by the caretaker government of Bangladesh; H. Con. Res. 234, Calling on the government of the People’s Republic of China to respect the human rights of North Korean refugees; and H. Con. Res. 236, Recognizing the close relationship between the United States and the Republic of San Marino.

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on Allegations of Selective Prosecution: The Erosion of Public Confidence in Our Federal Justice System
Witnesses:
The Honorable Richard Thornburgh
Donald C. Shields Ph.D.
G. Douglas Jones Esq.,

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing on The Health and Environmental Impacts of Uranium Mining on the Navajo Nation

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
To hold hearings to examine the human impacts of global warming.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine the efficacy of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, focusing on our Cold War heroes.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine six years after the anthrax attacks, focusing on our preparedness to respond to bioterrorism.

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee To hold an oversight hearing to examine the Surface Transportation Board and regulation related to railroads.

*** 10 am – House Appropriations
Agriculture Subcommittee on broadband and connecting to rural America.

11 am – House Natural Resources
Markup of H.R. 900 – To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico.

1 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on Genocide and the Rule of Law

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Oversight Hearing: Iran Sanctions and Regional Security

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives
Hearing on Cybersecurity: A Review of Public and Private Sector Efforts to Secure our Nation’s Internet Infrastructure

2 pm – House Science and Technology
GAO’s Report on the Status of NOAA’s Geostationary Weather Satellite Program

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Highway Bridge Inspections

2 pm – House Financial Services
H.R. 647, The Mark-to-Market Extension Act of 2007

*** 2 pm – House Administration
Elections Subcommittee on voter registration and list maintenance.
Hearing on: Expanding and Improving Opportunities to Vote by Mail or Absentee (continued)"

*** 2 pm – House Natural Resources
National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee on H.R. 816 – Orchard Detention Basin Flood Control Act, H.R. 1311 – Nevada Cancer Institute Expansion Act, H.R. 1922 – Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area Act, and H.R. 2246 – To validate certain conveyances made by the Union Pacific Railroad Company of lands located in Reno, Nevada, that were originally conveyed by the United States to facilitate construction of transcontinental railroads.

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Todd J. Zinser, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department of Commerce, Robert Clarke Brown, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Carl B. Kress, of California, and A. Paul Anderson, of Florida, both to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner.

2:30 pm – Senate Intelligence
To hold hearings to examine the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) strategic plan.

3 pm – House Rules
H.R. 3685 – Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and H.R. 3867 – Small Business Contracting Program Improvements Act.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

9am – House Armed Services
Hearing to receive testimony on Air Force strategic initiatives.

9:30 am – House Foreign Affairs
Oversight Hearing: U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Witness:
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

9:30 am – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
African Affairs Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the United States role in consolidating peace and democracy in the Great Lakes region.

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold hearings to examine pending legislation.

*** 9:30 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Full Committee. on the future of biofuels.

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing
NASPER: Why Has the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act Not Been Implemented?

10 am – House Budget
The Growing Costs of the Iraq War
Witnesses:
Panel I
Dr. Peter Orszag, Director, Congressional Budget Office
Panel II
Amy Belasco, Congressional Research Service
Professor Linda Bilmes, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

10 am – House Financial Services
Legislative Proposals on Reforming Mortgage Practices

10 am – House Small Business
Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Hearing on "Pension Parity: Addressing the Inequities between Retirement Plan Options for Small and Large Businesses."

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Sharing of Electronic Medical Records between Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine the future of radio.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine ways to build an effective terrorist screening system.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Ronald Jay Tenpas, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Joseph N. Laplante, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Hampshire, Reed Charles O’Connor, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Thomas D. Schroeder, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina, and Amul R. Thapar, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

*** 10 am – House Natural Resources
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans Subcommittee on H.R. 1187 – Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Modification and Protection Act, H.R. 1907 – Coastal and Estuarine Land Protection Act, and H.R. 3352 – Hydrographic Services Improvement Act Amendments.

*** 10 am – House Natural Resources
Water and Power Subcommittee on H.R. 496 – Tumalo Water Conservation Project Act, H.R. 3323 – Goleta Water Distribution System Conveyance Act, H.R. 3437 – Jackson Gulch Rehabilitation Act, and H.R. 3739 – To amend the Arizona Water Settlements Act to modify the requirements for the statement of findings.

*** 10 am – House Science and Technology
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. 1834 – To authorize the national ocean exploration program and the national undersea research program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, H.R. 2406 – To authorize the National Institute of Standards and Technology to increase its efforts in support of the integration of the healthcare information enterprise in the United States, and H.R. 3877 – To require the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish an initiative to promote the research, development, and demonstration of miner tracking and communications systems and to promote the establishment of standards regarding underground communications to protect miners in the United States.

*** 10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on the sharing of electronic medical records between the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

*** 10 am – House Ways and Means
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. 3920 – Trade and Globalization Assistance Act.

*** 10 am – Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Business meeting to markup the 2007 Farm Bill

*** 10:15 am – House Judiciary
Markup of H.R. 1312 The “Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) Act”; H.R. 1512 To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for compensation to States incarcerating undocumented aliens charged with a felony or two or more misdemeanors; H.R. 2128 the “Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2007”; H.R. 2405 The “Proud to Be an American Citizen Act"; H.R. 2830 The “Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007”; H.R. 2884 The “Kendell Frederick Citizenship Assistance Act”; H.R. 3609 the “Emergency Home Ownership and Mortgage Equity Protection Act of 2007”; H.R. 3921 the “Procedural Fairness for September 11th Victims Act of 2007”

10:30 am – Senate Aging
To hold hearings to examine hidden 401K fees, focusing on ways that disclosure can increase retirement security.

11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Aviation
Aviation and the Environment: "Noise"

*** 11 am – House Administration
Full Committee. on the Library of Congress and current issues in library management. James Billington, Librarian of Congress.

1:30 pm – House Agriculture
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
Hearing to review reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

1:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the role of federally-funded university research in the patent system.

1:45 pm – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Business meeting to consider the nominations of Henrietta Holsman Fore, of Nevada, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, Robin Renee Sanders, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Barry Leon Wells, of Ohio, to be Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia, Mark M. Boulware, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, James D. McGee, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe, Ronald K. McMullen, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the State of Eritrea, P. Robert Fannin, of Arizona, to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Christopher Egan, of Massachusetts, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with the rank of Ambassador, Louis John Nigro, Jr., of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chad, David T. Johnson, of Georgia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs), Paul E. Simons, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chile, Gail Dennise Mathieu, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia, Dan Mozena, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Angola, 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, Daniel V. Speckhard, of Wisconsin, to be Ambassador to Greece, Thomas F. Stephenson, of California, to be Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic, Vincent Obsitnik, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, William H. Frist, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, George E. Pataki, of New York, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-second Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations; to be immediately followed by a Senate Committee on Foreign Relationsopen hearing to examine issues relative to the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

2 pm – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Securities, Insurance and Investment Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine international accounting standards, focusing on opportunities, challenges, and global coverage issues.

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives
Hearing on Upholding the Spirit of CRA: Do CRA Ratings Accurately Reflect Bank Practices?

*** 2 pm – House Homeland Security
Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism Subc and Management, Investigations, and Oversight Subcommittee Joint hrng. on the future of border security and whether SBInet will succeed.

*** 2 pm – House Rules
Full Committee. on [1]H.R. 3685 – Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and [2]H.R. 3867 – Small Business Contracting Program Improvements Act.

2:30 pm – Senate Environment and Public Works
Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wildlife Protection Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine S. 2191, to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

*** ?? – Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Business meeting to markup the 2007 Farm Bill.

*** 8:30 am – House Committee on Committee on Roll Call Vote Number 814
Full Committee. on voting in the House and focusing on the rules, procedures, precedents, customs and practice. Charlie Johnson, former Parliamentarian of the House; Mark O’Sullivan, Chief Tally Clerk of the House of Representatives.

*** 9:30 am – House Small Business
Full Committee. on health insurer consolidation and the impact on small business.

9:30 am – House Science and Technology
Radiological Response: Assessing Environmental and Clinical Laboratory Capabilities

9:30 am – House Education and Labor
Workforce Protections Subcommittee
Hearing on "H.R. 3582, the Fair Home Health Care Act,"

10 am – House Budget
Surface Transportation: Investment Needs and the Budget

10 am – House Agriculture
Hearing to review agriculture disaster conditions across the nation.

10 am – House Financial Services
Transparency of Extractive Industries: High Stakes for Resource-Rich Countries, Citizens and International Business

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on: Organized Retail Theft Prevention: Fostering a Comprehensive Public-Private Response

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
The Impact of Railroad Injury, Accident, and Discipline Policies on the Safety of America’s Railroads

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Oversight Hearing on U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment Training Service (VETS), Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans Employment Representative Program (LVOP)

10 am – Senate Committee on Finance
To hold hearings to examine small business health insurance, focusing on building a gateway to coverage.

*** postponed 10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Gregory F. Jacob, of New Jersey, to be Solicitor, and Howard Radzely, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary, both of the Department of Labor.

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine sweatshop conditions in the toy industry in China.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Business meeting to consider S. 1946, to help Federal prosecutors and investigators combat public corruption by strengthening and clarifying the law, S.Res. 347, designating May 2008 as “National Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship Month”, S.Res. 346, expressing heartfelt sympathy for the victims of the devastating thunderstorms that caused severe flooding during August 2007 in the States of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and the nomination of John Daniel Tinder, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security, and Water Quality Subcommittee To hold an oversight hearing to examine the effectiveness of federal drunk driving programs.

*** 10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing with Secretary Rice on Iraq

*** 10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Markup of H.R. 1534, the “Mercury Export Ban Act of 2007”, amended; H.R. 3461, the “Safeguarding America’s Families by Enhancing and Reorganizing New and Efficient Technologies Act of 2007”, amended; H.R. 2601, the “Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007”, amended; H.R. 3541, the “Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007”; H.R. 3526, To include all banking agencies within the existing regulatory authority under the Federal Trade Commission Act with respect to depository institutions, and for other purposes, amended; H.R. 3403, the “911 Modernization and Safety Act of 2007”, amended; and H.R. 3919, the “Broadband Census of America Act of 2007”.

2 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on: H.R. 3010, the “Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007”

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Oversight Hearing: U.S. Security Assistance to Mexico

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 single audits, focusing on a recent study on the potential impacts that implementing certain recommendations could have to help ensure that federal funds are safeguarded.

3 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment
and Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
Joint Oversight Hearing: The Six Party Process: Progress and Perils in North Korea’s Denuclearization

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