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Congressional Hearings – Oct 29, 2007

October 27th, 2007 by selise

Monday, October 29, 2007

?? – Senate Small Business and Entreprenuership
Field Hearing "Access to Federal Contracts: How to Level the Playing Field."

9 am – House Financial Services
Affordable Housing Needs in the City of Houston: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Domestic Policy
Field Hearing on Evaluating the Labor Department in New Orleans: DOL’s Performance in Investigating and Prosecuting Wage and Hour Violations and Protecting Guest Workers

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Chicagoland Transportation Needs for the 2016 Olympic Bid

10:45 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives
Field Hearing on Census Data and Its Use in the Development Process

4 pm – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and simmering tensions with Russia before parliamentary and presidential elections.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the role of local law enforcement in countering violent Islamist extremism.

*** 9:30 am – House Foreign Affairs
Full Committee. on Russia on the eve of the national elections.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine ways to protect the United States from drug-resistant tuberculosis, focusing on reinvesting in control and new tools research.

10 am – House Armed Services
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on Stabilization and Reconstruction Operations: Learning from the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Experience.

10 am – House Financial Services
Preserving and Expanding Minority Banks

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Oversight Hearing on the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. DOJ
Witnesses:
John K. Tanner, Chief, Voting Right Section, U.S. DoJ, Civil Rights Division
Toby Moore, Former Geographer/Social Science analyst, CRT Voting Section
Laughlin McDonald, Director, ACLU Voting Rights Project, ACLU Southern Regional Office
Robert N. Driscoll, Alston and Bird
Julie Fernandes, Senior Policy Analyst & Special Counsel, Leadership Conference for Civil Rights

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 415, H.R. 1143, H.R. 1286, H.R. 1545, H.R. 1836, H.R. 3022, H.R. 3120, H.R. 3265, H.R. 3473, H.R. 3616, and H.R. 3821

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
Hearing on Iran: Reality, Options, and Consequences. Part 1 — Iranian People and Attitudes

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee Hearing: “Will Increased Postal Rates put Mailers out of Business?”
Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia

10 am – House Ways and Means
Hearing on the Appropriateness of Retirement Plan Fees

10:30 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials
H.R. 1747, the “Safe Drinking Water for Healthy Communities Act of 2007”

*** 11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee Markup of pending legislation.

12 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? – Part II

1:30 pm – House Agriculture
Hearing: To review technologies in the meat industry.

2 pm – House Energy and Commerce
subsequent days as necessary, to consider the following legislation:
H.R. 1534, the “Mercury Export Ban Act of 2007”, amended; H.R. 2830, the “Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007”, as reported by the Committee on Homeland Security; 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 Financial Services
Additional Perspectives on the Need for Insurance Regulatory Reform

2 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
Hearing on "Stifling or Stimulating – The Role of Gene Patents in Research and Genetic Testing"

2 pm – House Science and Technology
Research to Improve Water-Use Efficiency and Conservation: Technologies and Practices

2 pm – House Rules
H.R. 2262 – Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007
H.R. 3920 – To amend the Trade Act of 1974 to reauthorize trade adjustment assistance, to extend trade adjustment assistance to service workers and firms, and for other purposes

*** 2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Subcommittee on renewable energy and the global environment. Public witnesses.

*** 2 pm – House Homeland Security
Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee on the SAFE Port Act and the status of implementation one year later. Public witnesses.

*** 2 pm – House Appropriations
State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on assessing an effective diplomatic and development program in Iraq. Dept. witnesses.

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Business meeting to consider S. 2096, to amend the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act to eliminate the automatic removal of telephone numbers registered on the Federal “do-not-call” registry, S. 1580, to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, S. 2045, to reform the Consumer Product Safety Commission to provide greater protection for children’s products, to improve the screening of noncompliant consumer products, to improve the effectiveness of consumer product recall programs, S. 1853, to promote competition, to preserve the ability of local governments to provide broadband capability and services, S. 1675, to implement the recommendations of the Federal Communications Commission report to the Congress regarding low-power FM service, H.Con.Res.225, honoring the 50th anniversary of the dawn of the Space Age, and the ensuing 50 years of productive and peaceful space activities, and 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, and promotions lists in the United States Coast Guard, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Sean R. Mulvaney, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, and Daniel D. Heath, of New Hampshire, to be United States Alternate Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

9 am – Sentate Budget
To hold hearings to examine S. 2063, to establish a Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action, to assure the economic security of the United States, and to expand future prosperity and growth for all Americans.
Steny H. Hoyer — Majority Leader, United States House of Representatives
David M. Walker — Comptroller General of the United States, Government Accountability Office
Leon E. Panetta — Co-Chair of the Committee for A Responsible Federal budget, Director of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy
William D. Novelli — Chief Executive Officer, AARP
Robert L. Bixby — Executive Director, The Concord Coalition

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Hearing
Status of the DTV Transition – Part 3

10 am – House Education and Labor
Markup on "H.R. 2768, Supplemental Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act"

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing on Oil and Gas Development: Exemptions in Health and Environmental Protections

10 am – House Science and Technology
Research on Environmental and Safety Impacts of Nanotechnology: Current Status of Planning and Implementation under the National Nanotechnology Initiative

*** 10 am – House Foreign Affairs
The Mexico City Policy/Global Gag Rule: Its Impact on Family Planning and Reproductive Health

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
To hold hearings to examine the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain Repository.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendments, focusing on ways to protect Americans’ security and privacy while preserving the rule of law and government accountability.
Witnesses:
Panel I:
Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General, National Security, Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Panel II:
Edward Black, President and CEO, Computer & Communications Industry Association, Washington, DC
Patrick F. Philbin, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, DC
Morton H. Halperin, Director of U.S. Advocacy, Open Society Institute, Washington, DC

*** 10 am – House Appropriations
Legislative Branch Subcommittee on an overview of the Capitol Visitors Center.

*** 10 am – House Financial Services
Markup of H.R. 3873, H.R. 3959, H.R. 3965, H.R. 3703, H.R. 3956

*** 10 am – House Homeland Security
Hearing on Homeland Security failures with a focus on examining the Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program.

*** 10 am – House Ways and Means
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. 3688 – United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act.

11 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Business meeting to consider S.Res. 334, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the degradation of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea and welcoming cooperation between the peoples of Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, with Annexes, done at Montego Bay, December 10, 1982 (the “Convention”), and the Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, with Annex, adopted at New York, July 28, 1994 (the Agreement”), and signed by the United States, subject to ratification, on July 29, 1994 (Treaty Doc.103-39), Convention Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and accompanying Protocol, signed on November 27, 2006, at Brussels (the “proposed Treaty”) (Treaty Doc.110-03), Protocol Amending the Convention Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income signed at Copenhagen May 2, 2006 (the “Protocol”) (Treaty Doc.109-19), Protocol Amending the Convention Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Finland for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital, signed at Helsinki May 31, 2006 (the “Protocol”) (Treaty Doc.109-18), and Protocol Amending the Convention Between the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and Capital and to Certain Other Taxes, Signed on August 29, 1989, signed at Berlin June 1, 2006 (the “Protocol”), along with a related Joint Declaration (Treaty Doc.109-20).

11 am – House Natural Resources
Legislative Hearing: on H.R. 2801 – Izembek and Alaska Peninsula Refuge and Wilderness Enhancement and King Cove Safe Access Act.

*** 11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Markup hearing.

1:30 pm – House Science and Technology
Aviation Safety: Can NASA Do More to Protect the Public?

*** postponed 2 pm – House Administration
Subcommittee on Elections
Oversight Hearing on the "Use of ‘Robocalls’ in Federal Campaigns"

2 pm – House Judiciary
Hearing on Combating Modern Slavery: Reauthorization of Anti-Trafficking Programs

*** 2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
Activities of the Department of State’s Office of the Inspector General
Witness: David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, U.S. Government Accountability Office
[note: Krongard investigation?]

2 pm – House Small Business
Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
Hearing on "Competitive Bidding for Durable Medical Equipment: Will Small Suppliers Be Able to Compete?"

*** 2 pm – House Homeland Security
Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subcommittee Markup of H.R. 2631 – To strengthen efforts in the Department of Homeland Security to develop nuclear forensics capabilities to permit attribution of the source of nuclear material.

*** 2:30 pm – House Homeland Security
Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subc, and Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee Joint hrng. on enhancing and implementing the cybersecurity elements of the sector specific plans.

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Disaster Recovery Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine post-catastrophe crisis, focusing on addressing the dramatic need and scant availability of mental health care in the Gulf Coast.

2:30 pm – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Securities, Insurance and Investment Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine climate disclosure, focusing on measuring financial risks and opportunities.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

?? am – House Ways and Means
Request for Public Comment on H.R. 3361, a bill to make technical corrections to the “Pension Protection Act of 2006”

*** 9 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wildlife Protection Subcommittee Business meeting to consider S. 2191, to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases.

9:30 am – Senate Indian Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the impact of the Flood Control Act of 1944 on Indian Tribes along the Missouri river.

10 am Senate Finance
To hold hearings to examine pending nominations.

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. 2168, to amend title 18, United States Code, to enable increased federal prosecution of identity theft crimes and to allow for restitution to victims of identity theft, S. 352, to provide for media coverage of Federal court proceedings, and the nominations of John Daniel Tinder, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit, and Julie L. Myers, of Kansas, to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security.

*** postponed 10 am – Senate Intelligence
Meeting of conferees on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 2008 for the intelligence community.

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing
FDA Foreign Drug Inspection Program: A System at Risk

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3301 – Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing on The Administration’s Regulatory Actions on Medicaid: The Effects on Patients, Doctors, Hospitals, and States

10 am – House Small Business
Hearing on "Evaluating the Impact of Pending Free Trade Agreements upon U.S. Small Businesses"

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Drug and Alcohol Testing of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
Subcommittee on Health
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Construction Process

*** 10 am – Senate and House Committees on Conferees
Meeting of conferees on H.R. 3043, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.

*** 10 am – House Judiciary
Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee on H.R. 2878 – Enhanced Financial Recovery and Equitable Retirement Treatment Act. Public witnesses.

*** 10 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Full Committee. on wildfires and the climate crisis.

10:30 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.

11 am – House Education and Labor
Hearing on "Barriers to Equal Educational Opportunities: Addressing the Rising Costs of a College Education"

11:30 am – House Budget
Counting the Change: Accounting for the Fiscal Impacts of Controlling Carbon Emissions

*** 11:30 am – House Ways and Means
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. 3996 – Temporary Tax Relief Act, and H.R. 3997 – Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act.

*** 12 pm – House Judiciary
Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee on H.R. 3359 – Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Fairness and Simplification Act. Public witnesses.

*** 12 pm – House Judiciary
Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee Markup of H.R. 2489 – Genocide Accountability Act, H.R. 3971 – Death in Custody Reporting Act, and H.R. 3992 – Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Reauthorization and Improvement Act.

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement
Hearing on Too Many Cooks? Coordinating Federal and State Health IT

2 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the Small Business Administration, focusing on the efficacy of the 7(a) loan program.

*** 2 pm – House Homeland Security
Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee on aviation security focusing on the frontline perspective on the need for enhanced human resources and equipment.

Friday, November 2, 2007

10 am – House Financial Services
Progress in Administration and Other Efforts to Coordinate and Enhance Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention

Saturday, November 2, 2007

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans: Oversight Hearing on “Reauthorization of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act”

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