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Congressional Hearings – Dec 3, 2007

December 2nd, 2007 by selise

Monday, Dec 3, 2007

2 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Host Communities: Analyzing the Role and Needs of Communities that Take in Disaster Evacuees in the Wake of Major Disasters and Catastrophes
Baton Rouge, LA

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Investigations Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine credit card practices, focusing on unfair interest rate increases.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine electronic prescribing of controlled substances, addressing health care and law enforcement priorities.

10:30 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine developing a comprehensive response to food safety.

2 pm – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Health Hearing
H.R. 1343, Health Centers Renewal Act of 2007; H.R. 2915, National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs Reauthorization Act of 2007; and H.R. 4230, School-Based Health Clinic Act of 2007

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the earthquake zone within the central Mississippi Valley, known as the Madrid Seismic Zone.

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Business meeting to consider S. 1581, to establish an interagency committee to develop an ocean acidification research and monitoring plan and to establish an ocean acidification program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, S. 2307, to amend the Global Change Research Act of 1990, S. 2355, to amend the National Climate Program Act to enhance the ability of the United States to develop and implement climate change adaptation programs and policies, and S. 2332, to promote transparency in the adoption of new media ownership rules by the Federal Communications Commission, and to establish an independent panel to make recommendations on how to increase the representation of women and minorities in broadcast media ownership, and promotion lists in the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commission Corps (NOAA).

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2007

9 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
Business Meeting to consider the following items: · Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute, Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2007, S. 2191 · Pending nominations: · John S. Bresland, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board · John S. Bresland, of New Jersey, to be Chairperson of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board · C. Russell H. Shearer, of Delaware, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board · William H. Graves, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority · Susan Richardson Williams, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority · Thomas C. Gilliland, of Georgia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Hearing
Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission: Media Ownership

9:30 am – Senate Veteran Affairs
Hearing on the nomination of James B. Peake to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (Public Law 93-415), focusing on protecting children and communities.

10 am – House Budget
State of the U.S. Economy and Implications for the Federal Budget
Witnesses:
Peter Orszag, Director, CBO
Martin Feldstein, Professor of Economics, Harvard University and
President and CEO National Bureau of Economic Research
C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics

10 am – House Financial Services
Affordable Housing Needs of America’s Low Income Veterans

*** 10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing to examine the role played by compensation consultants in determining the pay packages of senior executives at the largest publicly traded corporations. Corporate governance experts, institutional investors, and compensation consulting firms will testify regarding the role of consultants in setting executive pay, efforts to prevent and manage conflicts of interest, and the adequacy of the information available to shareholders and the public.

10:30 am – Senate Aging
To hold hearings to examine the elderly who have been displaced by war, poverty, and persecution abroad.

11 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife And Oceans: Oversight Hearing On "Rebuilding Overfished Fisheries Under The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management Act"

*** 12 noon – House Education and Labor
Markup on "Resolution to Add a Rule 24 to the Rules of the Committee on Education and Labor to Provide a Process for Taking Depositions"

2 pm – House Armed Services
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on Provincial Reconstruction Teams – Historical and Current Perspectives on Doctrine and Strategy.

*** 2 pm – House Rules
-emergency meeting
H.Res. __ – Granting the Authority Provided under Clause 4(c)(3) of Rule X of the House of Representatives to the Committee on Education and Labor for Purposes of its Investigation into the Deaths of 9 Individuals that Occurred at the Crandall Canyon Mine near Huntington, Utah. – ORIGINAL JURISDICTION HEARING

2:30 pm Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the foreclosure crisis, focusing on helping families save their homes.

2:30 pm – House Foreign Affairs
After Annapolis: Next Steps in the Middle East Peace Process
Witness: Dennis Ross

3 pm – Senate Intelligence
Meeting of conferees on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 2008 for the intelligence community.

*** 9:30pm – House Rules
-emergency meeting
H.Res ___ – Providing for the consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 6) Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

Thursday, Dec 6, 2007

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Business meeting to consider: S.352, Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2007; S.344, A bill to permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings: S.1638, Federal Judicial Salary Restoration Act of 2007; S.1829, Protect Our Children First Act of 2007; S.431, Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2007; S.2344, Internet Safety Education Act of 2007; Nomination of Ronald Jay Tenpas to be Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice.
*** update: S.2402 FISA Intelligence Surveillance Substitution Act of 2007 has been added to the agenda.

10 am – House Financial Services
Accelerating Loan Modifications, Improving Foreclosure Prevention and Enhancing Enforcement. Hearing on H.R. 3915 – Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act; H.R. 4178 – Emergency Mortgage Loan Modification Act. Sheila C. Bair, Chairman, FDIC; Randall S. Kroszner, Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; John C. Dugan, Comptroller, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Gigi Hyland, Board Member, National Credit Union Administration; Scott M. Polakoff, Senior Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Office of Thrift Supervision.

10 am – House Small Business
Full Committee Hearing on “Legislation to Improve the Regulatory Flexibility Act”

*** 10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on H.R. 3396, the “Sales Tax Fairness and Simplification Act”

*** 11 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on "Promoting Inmate Rehabilitation and Successful Release Planning”

*** 11 am – House Administration
Hearing on robocalls in federal campaigns.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
U.S. Foreign assistance to Pakistan

2:30 pm – Senate Committee on Armed Services
Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee
Hearing on the report of the Commission on Army Acquistion and Program Management in Expeditionary Operations, “Urgent Reform Required: Army Expeditionary Contracting”

*** 10:30pm – House Rules
-emergency meeting
H.Res. ___ – Providing for the consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 2761) to extend the Terrorism Insurance Program of the Department of the Treasury, and for other purposes.
H.Res. ___ – Waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules.

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