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Congressional Hearings – Nov 5, 2007

November 4th, 2007 by selise

Monday, Nov. 5, 2007

9:30 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Full Committee. on youth leadership for clean energy and healthy climate. Public witnesses.

3 pm – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine the twenty-first century security in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region, focusing on challenges among member states, protracted and unresolved conflicts, shifting political and military alliances, while still confronting the threat of terrorism.

5 pm – House Rules
Full Committee. on conference report for H.R. 3043 – Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations for FY 2008.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine the efficacy of the domestic energy industry, focusing on its available workforce to meet our nation’s growing needs.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Business meeting to continue consideration of the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey, of New York, to be Attorney General.

10 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the hiring practices and quality control in the Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

10 am – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
“Combating Hate Crimes and Discrimination in the OSCE”

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection
Comprehensive Children’s Product Safety and Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Legislation

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Oversight Hearing: Yahoo! Inc.’s Provision of False Information to Congress
Witnesses:
Mr. Jerry Yang, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo! Inc.
Michael J. Callahan, Esq., General Counsel, Yahoo! Inc.

10 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia
Hearing on Telework: Breaking New Ground

1 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on H.R. 1759, the “Managing Arson Through Criminal History (MATCH) Act of 2007”

2 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Oversight Hearing on the "Congressional Review Act"

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
Hearing: Six Years Later (Part II): ‘Smart Power’ and the U.S. Strategy for Security in a Post-9/11 World

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
Oversight Hearing: Human Rights Concerns in Vietnam

2:30 pm – House Science and Technology
The Globalization of R&D and Innovation, Pt. IV: Implications for the Science and Engineering Workforce

2:30 pm – Senate Finance
Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the Government Pension Offset (GPO), and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), focusing on policies affecting pensions from work not covered by Social Security.

*** postponed? 3 pm – House Rules
H.R. 3688 – United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
H.R. 3355 – Homeowners’ Defense Act of 2007

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007

*** 9 am – House Small Business
Hearing on the state of the small business economy. Frederic Mishkin, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System.

*** 9 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Hearing on “Oil Shock: Potential for Crisis."

9:15 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Hearing on Drug Resistant Infections in the Community: Consequences for Public Health

9:30 am – Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Business meeting to markup an original bill entitled, “Small Business Contracting Revitalization Act of 2007”.

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the performance and structure of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the United States government enforcement of intellectual property rights.

10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs
Markup of H.R. 3882

*** 10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Markup of H.R. 1328, the "Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007"

11 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Markup

*** 1 pm – House Administration
Hearing on the construction of the U.S. Capitol with a focus on recognizing the contribution of slave labor.

*** 1 pm – House Judiciary
Markup of: H.R. 3609, H.R. 2405, H.R. 1312 H.R. 1759, H.R. 2489, H.R. 3971, H.R. 3992, and H.R. 971

*** 2 pm – House Intelligence
Closed hearing: Pakistan – CIA Inspector General (IG)

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
Hearing on Iran: Reality, Options, and Consequences. Part 2 – Negotiating with the Iranians: Missed Opportunities and Paths Forward

2 pm – House Agriculture
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
Hearing: To review recent recalls in the meat industry.

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Oversight Hearing: Democracy, Authoritarianism, and Terrorism in Contemporary Pakistan
Witness:
John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Science, Technology, and Innovation Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine carbon sequestration technologies.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
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.

9:30 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Oversight Hearing: Lebanon on the Brink

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Oversight Hearing on Torture and the Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment of Detainees: The Effectiveness and Consequences of “Enhanced” Interrogation
Witnesses:
Malcolm W. Nance, Anti-terrorism/Counter-terrorism Intelligence Specialist, Former SERE Instructor
Steven Kleinman, Colonel, USAFR, Intelligence & National Security Specialist, Senior Intelligence Officer/Military Interrogator
Amrit Singh, Staff Attorney at the ACLU

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law
Hearing on H.R. 750, the “Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2007”

10 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Legislative Hearing: H.R. 3994

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

10 am – House Science and Technology
Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) – Status of the Survey Program and Review of NASA’s Report to Congress

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, H.R. 135 – Twenty-First Century Water Commission Act of 2007

10 am – House Education and Labor
Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee
Hearing on "Securing Retirement Coverage for Future Generations"

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine localism, diversity, and media ownership.
This hearing will focus on issues related to media consolidation, pending proposals to change the Federal Communications Commission’s media ownership rules, and government efforts to promote localism and diversity the media marketplace.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Business meeting to consider S. 352, to provide for media coverage of Federal court proceedings, S. 2135, to prohibit the recruitment or use of child soldiers, to designate persons who recruit or use child soldiers as inadmissible aliens, to allow the deportation of persons who recruit or use child soldiers, S. 2248, to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, to modernize and streamline the provisions of that Act, and the nominations of Michael J. Sullivan, of Massachusetts, to be Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 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 – Joint Economic Committee
To hold hearings to examine the current economic outlook.

*** 10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Markup of H.R. 1747 – Safe Drinking Water for Healthy Communities Act.

*** 10 am – House Financial Services
Full Committee. on H.R. 2634 – the Jubilee Act for Responsible Lending and Expanded Debt Cancellation. Neil Watkins, National Coordinator, Jubilee USA Network.

*** 10 am – House Homeland Security
Full Committee. on the progress and pitfalls of the terrorist watch list.

10:30 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine ways to protect the employment rights of those who protect the United States.

*** 11 am – House Small Business
Subcommittee on Regulation, Health Care and Trade Hearing on “Medicare’s Reimbursement Cuts: The Potential Impact on Solo and Small Group Practitioners

1:30 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on: “Review of the Prison Litigation Reform Act: A Decade of Reform or an Increase in Prison and Abuses?”

2 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3047, H.R. 3249, H.R. 3286, H.R. 3415, H.R. 1137, H.R. 3954, and H.R.__ The Veterans Quality of Life Study Act of 2007

2 pm – House Armed Services
The Seapower and Expeditionary Forces and Air and Land Forces Subcommittees will meet to receive testimony on the Joint Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle Program.

2 pm – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine outstanding issues relating to the 1992-1995 conflict in Bosnia, focusing on violent ethic cleansing, and how they shape politics, society, and economic development in Bosnia.

*** 2 pm – House Financial Services
Domestic and International Monetary Policy Subcommittee on H.R. 3956 – the Coin Modernization and Taxpayer Savings Act.

*** 2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Markup of pending legislation.

*** 2 pm – House Rules
Full Committee. on H.R. 3996 – Temporary Tax Relief Act.

2:30 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on: H.R. 1889, the "Private Prison Information Act of 2007"

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Near East and South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine Syria, focusing on options and implications for Lebanon and the surrounding region.

2:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
National Parks Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine S. 86, to designate segments of Fossil Creek, a tributary to the Verde River in the State of Arizona, as wild and scenic rivers, S. 1365, to amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements with any of the management partners of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, S. 1449, to establish the Rocky Mountain Science Collections Center to assist in preserving the archeological, anthropological, paleontological, zoological, and geologic artifacts and archival documentation from the Rocky Mountain region through the construction of an on-site, secure collections facility for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Colorado, S. 1921, to amend the American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996 to extend the authorization for that Act, S. 1941, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Wolf House, located in Norfolk, Arkansas, as a unit of the National Park System, S. 1961, to expand the boundaries of the Little River Canyon National Preserve in the State of Alabama, S. 1991, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of extending the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to include additional sites associated with the preparation and return phases of the expedition, S. 2098, to establish the Northern Plains Heritage Area in the State of North Dakota, S. 2220, to amend the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1963 to authorize certain appropriations, and H.R. 1191, to authorize the National Park Service to pay for services rendered by subcontractors under a General Services Administration Indefinite Deliver Indefinite Quantity Contract issued for work to be completed at the Grand Canyon National Park.

*** 5:30 pm – Senate Committee on Conferees
Meeting of conferees on H.R. 1429, to reauthorize the Head Start Act, to improve program quality, to expand access.

Friday, Nov. 9, 2007

*** 9 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearing on the nominations of Robert D. Jamison, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs, and W. Ross Ashley, III, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, both of the Department of Homeland Security.

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