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Congressional Hearings – April 21, 2008

April 21st, 2008 by selise

Monday, Apr. 21, 2008

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Fulfilling the Promise of an Affordable College Education

Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2008

10 am – Agriculture Conference Committee
Meeting of conferees on H.R.2419, to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012. On April 16, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5813, a bill to extend farm programs until April 25, 2008, in order to give conferees time to resolve remaining issues.

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Turmoil in U.S. Credit Markets: The Role of the Credit Rating Agencies
Witnesses:
Honorable Christopher Cox , Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine the future of the internet. The hearing will focus on developing applications, consumer expectations, and network operation.
Witnesses:
Ms. Justine Bateman, Actress / Writer / Producer
Ms. Michele Combs, Vice President of Communications, Christian Coalition of America
Professor Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School
Mr. Kyle McSlarrow, President and CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Mr. Patric Verrone, President, Writers Guild of America, West
Dr. Robert Hahn, Executive Director, Center for Regulatory and Market Studies, American Enterprise Institute

10:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine international deforestation and climate change.

11 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing
FDA’s Foreign Drug Inspection Program: Weaknesses Place Americans at Risk

11 am – House Education and Labor
Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
Field Hearing on "Environmental Education: Teaching Our Children To Preserve Our Future," scheduled at 11:00 a.m. at the National Wildlife Visitor Center of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop in Laurel, Maryland.

2:15 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Business meeting to consider H.R. 3320, to provide assistance for the Museum of the History of PolishJews in Warsaw, Poland, S.Con.Res. 74, honoring the Prime Minister of Ireland, Bertie Ahern, for his service to the people of Ireland and to the world and welcoming the Prime Minister to the United States, S.Res. 494, expressing the sense of the Senate on the need for Iraq’s neighbors and other international partners to fulfill their pledges to provide reconstruction assistance to Iraq, protocol of Amendments to the Convention on the International Hydrographic Organization done at Monaco on April 14, 2005 (Treaty Doc.110-09), and any pending nominations.

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, focusing on a recent report on moving passengers and freight into the future.

2:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine S. 934 and H.R. 1374, bills 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, S. 2833, to provide for the management of certain public land in Owyhee County, Idaho, and S. 2834, to establish wilderness areas, promote conservation, and improve public land in Washington County, Utah.

4:30 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on H.R. 4109, the “Prison Abuse Remedies Act of 2007”

5 pm – House Appropriations
Hearing – Select Intelligence Oversight Panel
Rush Holt (D-NJ), Chair
National Security Agency
**CLOSED**

5 pm – House Rules
H.R. 5819 – SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Ac.
H.R. 2830 – Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007

Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2008

9:30 am – House Foreign Affairs
Foreign Assistance Reform in the Next Administration: Challenges and Solutions

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the crisis in Darfur.

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine an update on Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense cooperation and collaboration.

10 am – House Ways and Means
Hearing on Clearing the Disability Backlog – Giving the Social Security Administration the Resources It Needs to Provide the Benefits Workers Have Earned

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Domestic Abstinence-Only Programs: Assessing the Evidence
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

10 am – House Science and Technology
Opportunities and Challenges for Nuclear Power

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials – Rail Capacity

10 am – House Appropriations
Hearing – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee
Challenges of the Project-Based Section 8 Program

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine National Security Letters, focusing on the need for greater accountability and oversight.
Witnesses:
James A. Baker, Former Counsel for Intelligence Policy, Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Gregory T. Nojeim, Director, Project on Freedom, Security & Technology, Center for Democracy & Technology, Washington, DC
Michael J. Woods, Former Chief, National Security Law Unit, Office of the General Counsel. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC

10:15 am – House Judiciary
Oversight Hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Witness:
The Honorable Robert S. Mueller, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

10:30 am – Senate Appropriations
Defense Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2009 for the Missile Defense Agency.
Witnesses:
Lieutenant General Henry A. Obering III, USAF, Director, Missile Defense Agency
Lieutenant General Kevin T. Campbell, USA, Commanding General U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/U.S Army Strategic Forces Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense

10:30 am – House Education and Labor
Workforce Protections Subcommittee
The Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s lack of adequate enforcement and oversight of workplace safety and health conditions within large, multiple-facility corporations.
Witnesses will explore events at the Cintas Corporation, the largest uniform supplier in North America. In 2007, a worker died at the company’s Tulsa facility despite previous evidence, known to both OSHA and Cintas, of similar hazards at other Cintas facilities and industrial laundries. The death resulted in the largest service sector fine in OSHA’s history and was followed by additional citations of similar problems at other Cintas facilities.

11 am – House Natural Resources
Markup session for H.R. 2801 (Don Young), To provide for the inclusion of certain non-Federal land in the Izembek and Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Refuges and Wilderness in the State of Alaska and for the granting of a right-of-way for safe and reliable access for the Native Village of King Cove, Alaska, and for other purposes. "Izembek and Alaska Peninsula Refuge and Wilderness Enhancement and King Cove Safe Access Act"

12 noon – House Small Business
Subcommittee on Regulations, Health Care and Trade Hearing on “Minority and Hispanic Participation in the Federal Workforce and the Impact on the Small Business Community"

1 pm – House Appropriations
Hearing – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee
Status of Project-Based Section 8 Program

1 pm – – House Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Markup of Pending Legislation

1 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Europe
The Bucharest Summit and the Way Forward for NATO

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Electronic Communications Preservation Act
Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Aviation – Reauthorization of the National Transportation Safety Board

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment
A New Beginning for the U.S.-South Korea Strategic Alliance

2 pm – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans: Markup of H.R. 21, H.R. 2964, H.R. 5534, and H.R. 5618

2 pm – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Water and Power: Markup of H.R. 2649, H.R. 3323, and H.R. 4841

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine phantom traffic. The hearing will examine concerns regarding traffic over telephone networks that is sent without identifying information used for intercarrier billing purposes.
Witnesses
Mr. Charles W. McKee, Director, Government Affairs – Wireless Sprint Nextel
Ms. Angela Simpson, Senior Counsel for Government & Regulatory Affairs, Covad Communications
Mr. Larry Sarjeant, Vice President, Federal, Legislative, and Regulatory Affairs Qwest Communications
Mr. Raymond Henagan, General Manager Rock Port Telephone Company

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine the crisis in Tibet, focusing on a path to peace.

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Nanci E. Langley, of Virginia, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission.

2:30 pm – House Armed Services
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will meet to hear testimony on challenges associated with achieving full dental readiness in the reserve component.
Witnesses:
Colonel Gary Martin, USAF, Chief, Dental Care Branch, TRICARE Management Activity
Colonel Mark Bodenheim, USA, Chief, Reserve Component Mobilization and Demobilization Operations, U.S. Army Dental Command
Captain Kerry Krause, USN, Reserve Affairs Officer, U.S. Navy Dental Corps
Colonel Deborah L. Hart, USAF, Mobilization Assistant to the Air Force Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Air Force
Colonel David B. Sproat, USA, Chief Surgeon, Army National Guard

2:30 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Health
Markup of H.R. 2790, H.R. 3819, H.R. 5729, H.R. 554, and Construction Authorization Bill

3 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
National Parks Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine S. 662, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate resources at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Brunswick, Maine, to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the site as a unit of the National Park System, S. 827, to establish the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, S. 923 and H.R. 1528, bills to amend the National Trails System Act to designate the New England National Scenic Trail, S. 956, to establish the Land Between the Rivers National Heritage Area in the State of Illinois, S. 2073, to amend the National Trails System Act relating to the statute of limitations that applies to certain claims, S. 2513, to modify the boundary of the Minute Man National Historical Park, S. 2604, to establish the Baltimore National Heritage Area in the State of Maryland, S. 2804, to adjust the boundary of the Everglades National Park, H.R. 53, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a long-term lease with the Government of the United States Virgin Islandsto provide land on the island of Saint John, Virgin Islands, for theestablishment of a school, and H.R. 1483, to amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of1996 to extend the authorization for certain national heritage areas.

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008

9 am – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Business meeting to consider pending calendar business; to be immediately followed by an oversight hearing to examine recommendations for improving the federal acknowledgment process.

9 am – House Armed Services and House Science and Technology
The Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee joint with the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education of the Science and Technology Committee will meet to hear testimony on role of the social and behavioral sciences in national security.
Witnesses:
Colonel Martin Schweitzer, USA, Commander, 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg
Dr. André van Tilborg, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Science and Technology), Department of Defense
Dr. Mark Weiss, Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation
Dr. David R. Segal, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland

9 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
U.S. Policy and the Road to Damascus: Who’s Converting Whom?

9:30 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine addressing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, focusing on policy options for the U.S. and its allies.

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine implementing smart power, focusing on setting an agenda for national security reform.
Witnesses:
Panel I
The Honorable Richard Armitage, President, Armitage International, Arlington, VA
The Honorable Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean Emeritus, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Panel II
James R. Locher III, Executive Director, Project on National Security Reform, Washington, DC
Dr. Gordon Adams, Professor of International Relations, School of International Service, American University,

9:30 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, focusing on its ability to keep America’s families safe.

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
EPA’s New Ozone Standards
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
District of Columbia District Attorney Establishment Act
Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Turmoil in U.S. Credit Markets: Examining the U.S. Regulatory Framework for Assessing Sovereign Investments.
Witnesses:
Panel I
Mr. Scott Alvarez, General Counsel, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Mr. Ethiopis Tafara, Director, Office of International Affairs, Securities and Exchange Commission
Panel II
Mr. David Marchik, Managing Director and Global Head of Regulatory Affairs, The Carlyle Group
Ms. Jeanne S. Archibald, Partner, Hogan and Hartson LLP

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold hearings to examine tax aspects of a cap-and-trade system.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Business meeting to consider S. 2533, to enact a safe, fair, and responsible state secrets privilege Act, S. 702, to authorize the Attorney General to award grants to State courts to develop and implement State courts interpreter programs, S. 2840, to establish a liaison with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to expedite naturalization applications filed by members of the Armed Forces and to establish a deadline for processing such applications, S.Res. 511, recognizing that John Sidney McCain, III, is a natural born citizen, H.Con.Res.292, honoring Margaret Truman Daniel and her lifetime of accomplishments, S.Res. 515, commemorating the life and work of Dith Pran, and the nominations of Michael G. McGinn, to be United States Marshal for the District of Minnesota, Ralph E. Martinez, of Florida, to be a Member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States, both of the Department of Justice, Mark S. Davis, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, David Gregory Kays, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, and Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.

10 am – Senate Appropriations
Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2009 for military construction.
Witnesses:
Panel I
The Honorable Tina W. Jonas, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Mr. Wayne Arny, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Installations and Environment
Panel II
The Honorable B.J. Penn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Installations and Environment
Major General Eugene G. Payne, Jr., Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics (Facilities)
Rear Admiral Mark A. Handley, Deputy Commander, Navy Installations Command

10 am – House Appropriations
Hearing – Defense Subcommittee
Biological Countermeasures and Threats

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Health Hearing
Food and Cosmetic Provisions of the "Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act" Discussion Draft Legislation

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
U.S. Export Promotion Strategy

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3639 and H.R. 5350

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee On National Parks, Forests And Public Lands: Legislative Hearing On H.R. 859, H.R. 3227, H.R. 3667, H.R. 3930, H.R. 3981, And H.R. 5540

10 am – House Small Business
Full Committee Hearing on “The Role of Small Businesses in Stimulating the Economy"

10:30 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Business meeting to consider S. 2688, to improve the protections afforded under Federal law to consumers from contaminated seafood by directing the Secretary of Commerce to establish a program, in coordination with other appropriate Federal agencies, to strengthen activities for ensuring that seafood sold or offered for sale to the public in or affecting interstate commerce is fit for human consumption, S.J.Res. 28, disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to broadcast media ownership, S. 2607, to make a technical correction to section 3009 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, S. 2507, to address the digital television transition in border states, H.R. 3985, to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to register a person providing transportation by an over-the-road bus as a motor carrier of passengers only if the person is willing and able to comply with certain accessibility requirements in addition to other existing requirements, H.R. 802, to amend the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships to implement MARPOL Annex VI, S. 2657, to require the Secretary of Commerce to prescribe regulations to reduce the incidence of vessels colliding with North Atlantic right whales by limiting the speed of vessels, S. 2482, to repeal the provision of title 46, United States Code, requiring a license for employment in the business of salvaging on the coast of Florida, the nomination of Robert A. Sturgell, of Maryland, to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, and certain promotion lists in the U.S. Coast Guard.

10:30 am – House Judiciary
Judiciary Committee Antitrust Task Force
Hearing on Competition in the Airline Industry

10:30 House Science and Technology
NASA’s International Space Station Program: Status and Issues

11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit – Freight Movement from Origin to Destination

11 am – – House Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
Markup of H.R. ____, "Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act of 2008"

1 pm – House Science and Technology
Aviation Security Research and Development at the Department of Homeland Security

2 pm – Senate Judiciary
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine the Delta-Northwest airlines merger.

2 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine international debt, focusing on building relief initiatives.

2 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine reforming export licensing agencies for national security and economic interests, focusing on the structure of the Federal government’s agencies that are responsible for licensing controlled exports, the process in place for licensing, how the structures help or hinder their decision making for licenses, human capital challenges of the export control bureaucracy, and the recommendations for improving the export control processes and personal.

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
War Powers for the 21st Century: The Executive Branch Perspective

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Eliminating Smoke and Mirrors in the Mail
Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia

2:15 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Water and Power Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine S. 2680, to amend the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 to require the Secretary of the Interior to take certain actions to address environmental problems associated with the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel in the State of Colorado, S. 2805, to direct the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, to assess the irrigation infrastructure of the Rio Grande Pueblos in the State of New Mexico and provide grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements with, the Rio Grande Pueblos to repair, rehabilitate, or reconstruct existing infrastructure, S. 2814, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority for the planning, design, and construction of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, H.R. 29, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to construct facilities to provide water for irrigation, municipal, domestic, military,and other uses from the Santa Margarita River, California, H.R. 1803, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a feasibility study to design and construct a four reservoir intertie system for the purposes of improving the water storage opportunities, water supply reliability, and water yield of San Vicente, El Capitan, Murray,and Loveland Reservoirs in San Diego County, California in consultation and cooperation with the City of San Diego and the Sweetwater Authority, and H.R. 123, to authorize appropriations for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund.

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Science, Technology, and Innovation Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine national nanotechnology, focusing on charting the course for reauthorization. Nanotechnology has the potential to be the next great technological revolution. Currently, the federal investment, through the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), is nearly $1.5 billion. This hearing will examine the five year period since the NNI was initially authorized in 2003 and explore issues the Committee should consider for the next reauthorization.

Friday, Apr. 25, 2008

9 am – Senate Armed Services
To receive information relating to the treatment of detainees.

11 am – Senate Appropriations
Transportation and Housing and Urban Development
Senator Specter will chair this hearing.
Location: National Constitution Center in the Kirby Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A Review of the Airspace Redesign Project and Flight Scheduling Practices at the Philadelphia Airport.

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