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Congressional Hearings – Dec 10, 2007

December 10th, 2007 by selise

Monday, December 10, 2007

9 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Subcommittee on Domestic Policy
Field Hearing in Fallbrook, CA on What the October Wildfires Revealed about Preparedness in Southern California.

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007

*** postponed? 10 am – Senate Appropriations
To hold hearings to examine the President’s proposed budget request for fiscal year 2008 for the supplemental request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Witness: Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold hearings to examine S. 1673, to facilitate the export of United States agricultural products to Cuba as authorized by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, to remove impediments to the export to Cuba of medical devices and medicines, to allow travel to Cuba by United States citizens, to establish an agricultural export promotion program with respect to Cuba.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine the global challenge of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine e-government 2.0, focusing on improving innovation, collaboration, and access.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate Natural Resources
Joint hearings to examine the role of speculation in recent crude oil prices.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the legal rights of Guantanamo detainees, focusing on what they are, should they be changed, and is there an end in sight.

2 pm – House Armed Services
The full committee will meet to receive testimony on Security and Stability in Afghanistan: Status of U.S. Strategy and Operations and the Way Ahead.
Witnesses: Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense, DoD; Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, DoD; Lieutenant General John F. Sattler, USMC, Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Chiefs of Staff

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives
Hearing on A Review of the Census Bureau’s Risk Management Activities for IT Acquisitions

2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the Sunshine in Litigation Act, focusing on whether court secrecy undermines public health and safety.

2:30 pm – Senate Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine S. 2156, to authorize and facilitate the improvement of water management by the Bureau of Reclamation, to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Energy to increase the acquisition and analysis of water resources for irrigation, hydroelectric power, municipal, and environmental uses.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To receive a closed briefing on national intelligence estimate on Iran, focusing on nuclear intentions and capabilities.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007
5 pm – House Rules
H.R. 1585 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 – CONFERENCE REPORT
H.R. 2082 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 – CONFERENCE REPORT
H.Res ___ – Providing for the consideration of the Senate Amendment to the bill (H.R. 2764) making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Judiciary
Constitution Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine S. 1782, to amend chapter 1 of title 9 of United States Code with respect to arbitration.

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Energy Speculation: Is Greater Regulation Necessary to Stop Price Manipulation

10 am – House Armed Services
The Readiness Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on implementation of the Base Realignment and Closure 2005 decisions.

10 am – House Financial Services
The Financial Consumer Hotline Act of 2007: Providing Consumers with Easy Access to the Appropriate Banking Regulator

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Oversight Hearing: Connecting the Money to the Mission: The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Assistance to the Palestinians

10 am – House Homeland Security
“Chemical Security: The Implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards and the Road Ahead.”

10 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Oversight Hearing: "New Fees For Filming And Photography On Public Lands"

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management – The New DHS Headquarters at St. Elizabeths: Local Business Opportunities

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
Stopping Suicide and Ending Homelessness: Mental Health Challenges Within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Business meeting to consider S. 579, to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to make grants for the development and operation of research centers regarding environmental factors that may be related to the etiology of breast cancer, and any pending nominations.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Harvey E. Johnson, Jr., of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Jeffrey William Runge, of North Carolina, to be Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, both of the Department of Homeland Security.

10 am – Senate Rules and Administration
To hold hearings to examine a recently released Government Accountability Office report, focusing on funding challenges and facilities maintenance at the Smithsonian Institution.

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 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, focusing on truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rules and truck safety.

*** 10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Full Committee. Markup of pending legislation.

*** 10 am – House Small Business
Full Committee. on Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 which requires the creation of an internal control system with a focus on new evidence of the cost for small companies. Christopher Cox, Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission.

*** 10:15 am – House Judiciary
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. 3609 – Emergency Home Ownership and Mortgage Equity Protection Act, and H.R. 3753 – Federal Judicial Salary Restoration Act.

10:30 am – Senate Aging
To hold hearings to examine reverse mortgages, focusing on polishing not tarnishing the golden years.

*** 10:30 am – House Agriculture
Full Committee. Markup of [1]H.R. ___ – the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Reauthorization Act, [2]H.J.Res. 15 – Recognizing the contributions of the Christmas tree industry to the United States economy, [3]H.R. 1374 – To amend the Florida National Forest Land Management Act of 2003 to authorize the conveyance of an additional tract of National Forest System land under that Act, and [4]H.R. 3454 – To provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in the George Washington National Forest in Alleghany County, Virginia, that contains the cemetery of the Central Advent Christian Church and an adjoining tract of land located between the cemetery and road boundaries.

2 pm – House Veterans Affairs
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Outpatient Waiting Times

*** postponed 2 pm – House Judiciary
Judiciary Committee Antitrust Task Force
Hearing on Media Consolidation: Impact on Minority Ownership and Localism

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Subcommittee on Domestic Policy
Hearing on Assessing the Environmental Risks of the Water Bottling Industry’s Extraction of Groundwater

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007

?? – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Business meeting to consider the nomination of James B. Peake, of the District of Columbia, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Room to be announced

9 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
To hold hearings to examine the Clean Water Act (Public Law 92-500), focusing on the Supreme Court decisions in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and Rapanos-Carabell.

*** postponed 9:30 am – Senate Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine ways to reform the Mining Law of 1872.

10 am – House Budget
Hearing on long-term budget outlook prepared by the Congressional Budget Office. Peter Orszag, Director, Congressional Budget Office.

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Markup of a resolution to establish changes to the Republican ranking members and membership of the six subcommittees due to the retirement of Dennis Hastert (R), IL, H.R. 4040 – Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act, and H.R. 1216 – Cameron Gulbransen Kids and Cars Safety Act.

10 am – House Small Business
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. ___ – the Small Business Regulatory Improvement Act.

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Oversight hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee To hold joint hearings with the House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions to examine the National Labor Relations Board, focusing on decisions and their impact on worker’s rights.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to I. consider Resolutions of Contempt and II. examine S. 2402, FISA Intelligence Surveillance Substitution Act of 2007, S. 344, to permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings, S. 1638, to adjust the salaries of Federal justices and judges, S. 1829, to reauthorize programs under the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, S. 431, to require convicted sex offenders to register online identifiers, S. 2344, to create a competitive grant program to provide for age-appropriate Internet education for children, S. 352, to provide for media coverage of Federal court proceedings, S.Res. 388, designating the week of February 4 through February 8, 2008, as “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week”, and S.Res. 396, expressing the sense of the Senate that the hanging of nooses for the purpose of intimidation should be thoroughly investigated by Federal, State, and local law enforcement authorities and that any criminal violations should be vigorously prosecuted.

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 prioritizing management, focusing on implementing chief management officers at federal agencies.

10 am = Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine freedom of the media in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region.

10 am – Senate Finance
The Housing Decline: The Extent of the Problem and Potential Remedies

10 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Full Committee Hearing on Assessing Veterans’ Charities

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
Hearing on H.R. 4279, the “Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007”
Witnesses: Sigal P. Mandelker, Deputy AG, Criminal Division, DoJ; James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Gigi B. Sohn , President and Co-Founder, Public Knowledge; Rick Cotton, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, NBC Universal.

10 am – House Armed Services
The full committee will meet to receive testimony on global maritime strategy initiatives.

10 am – House Education and Labor
Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee
Joint Hearing with the Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee on "The National Labor Relations Board: Recent Decisions and Their Impact on Workers’ Rights"

10:30 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To hold hearings to examine shopping smart and avoiding scams, focusing on financial literacy during the holiday season.

1 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on Oversight of State-Run Juvenile Correctional Facilities Known As “Boot Camps”

1 pm – House Intelligence
Open Hearing – Security Clearance Reform

*** postponed 2 pm – Senate Appropriations
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine mine inspections, focusing on the efficacy of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

*** postponed 2 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Investigations Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine United Nations Development Program operations in North Korea.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine perspectives on the next phase of the global fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

2:30 pm – Senate Natural Resources
Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine forest restoration and hazardous fuels reduction efforts in the forests of Oregon and Washington.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007

11 am – House Homeland Security
Field Hearing in El Paso, Texas: “Ensuring Homeland Security While Facilitating Legitimate Travel: The Challenge at America’s Ports of Entry.”

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