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Congressional Hearings – April 28, 2008

April 28th, 2008 by selise

Monday, Apr. 28, 2008

10 am – House Natural Resources
Joint Subcommittee Oversight Field Hearing on: "Walls and Waivers: Expedited Construction of the Southern Border Wall and the Collateral Impacts on Communities and the Environment"

4 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of William J. Burns, of the District of Columbia, to be an Under Secretary of State (Political Affairs), Janice L. Jacobs, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Bureau of Consular Affairs), and T. Vance McMahan, of Texas, to be Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador,

Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2008

9:30 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 the REAL ID Act and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, focusing on the impact of implementation
Witnesses:
Panel 1
The Honorable Stewart A. Baker , Assistant Secretary for Policy , U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Derwood K. Staeben , Senior Advisor, Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative , Office of Passport Services, Border Crossing Card Renewal, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of Statement
Panel 2
The Honorable Donna Stone , President , National Conference of State Legislatures
Mr. David Quam , Director of Federal Relations , National Governors Association
Ms. Caroline Fredrickson , Director , American Civil Liberties Union, Washington Legislative Office
Mr. Roger J. Dow , President & CEO , Travel Industry Association
Mr. Angelo L. Amador , Director of Immigration Policy , U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Sophia Cope , Staff Attorney & Ron Plesser Fellow , Center for Democracy and Technology

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s toxic chemical policies.

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold an oversight hearing to examine trade functions, focusing on customs and other trade agencies.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, focusing on penalties related to workplace safety.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine living on the street, focusing on finding solutions to protect runaway and homeless youth.

10 am – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine challenges and opportunities of Europe’s Black population, focusing on hate crimes and discrimination, anti-immigration and national identity debates, and growing security concerns.

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Oversight of Defense Department Acquisitions

10:30 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine improving consumer protection in subprime home lending.

11 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing
The Heparin Disaster: Chinese Counterfeits and American Failures

1:30 pm – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Hearing on Oceans and Global Warming

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia
Catching Up: Benefits That Will Help Recruit and Retain Federal Employees

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Robert Stephen Beecroft, of California, to be Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, James B. Cunningham, of New York, to be Ambassador to Israel, Richard E. Hoagland, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan, George A. Krol, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to Turkmenistan, and Joseph Evan LeBaron, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to the State of Qatar, all of the Department of State.

5 pm – House Rules
H.R. 5522 – Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire Prevention Act of 2008
H.Res. ___ – Providing for consideration of the Senate Amendment to the bill (H.R. 493) to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment.

Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2008

9 am – Senate Judiciary
Constitution Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine secret law and the threat to democratic and accountable government.
Witnesses:
U.S. Department of Justice Designee
Steven Aftergood, Director, Project on Government Secrecy, Federation of American Scientists
Bradford Berenson, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Dawn Johnsen, Professor, Indiana University School of Law, Former Acting Assistant AG, OLC
Heidi Kitrosser, Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
J. William Leonard, Former Director, Information Security Oversight Office
David Rivkin, Partner, Baker Hostetler

9 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Saving Lives and Money through the Pre-disaster Mitigation Program

9:30 am – Senate Appropriations
Energy and Water Development Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2009 for the Department of Energy and the U.S. nuclear weapon non-proliferation efforts.

10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs
Markup of H.R. 2790, H.R. 3819, H.R. 5729, H.R. 5554, H.R. 5856, H.R. 3681, H.R. 3889, H.R. 4883, H.R. 4884, H.R. 4889, H.R. 5664, H.R. 5684, H.R. 5826, and H.R. 5892

10 am – House Science and Technology
“E-Waste: Can the Nation Handle Modern Refuse in the Digital Age?”

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
Oversight of Missile Defense (Part 3): Questions for the Missile Defense Agency

10 am – House Appropriations
Hearing – Defense Subcommittee
Defense Outsourcing

10 am – House Education and Labor
Markup on "H.R. 3021, 21st Century High-Performing Public School Facilities Act"

10:15 am – House Judicary
Markup of: H.R. 4279, Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007
H.R. 5690, To exempt the African National Congress from treatment as a terrorist organization for certain acts or events, provide relief for certain members of the African National Congress regarding admissibility, and for other purposes.;
H.R. 1650, Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2007;
H.R. 5593, Congressional Review Act Improvement Act;
H.R. 4044, To amend the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 to exempt from the means test in bankruptcy cases, for a limited period, qualifying reserve-component members who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 60 days.

1 pm – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Markup

1:30 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Markup of:
H.R. ___, Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Reform Act of 2008
H.R. 3658, To amend the Foreign Service Act of 1980 to permit rest and recuperation travel to United States territories for members of the Foreign Service
H.R. 5834, North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2008
H. Res. 389, Supporting the goals and ideals of Malaria Awareness Day
H. Res. 1011, Calling on the United States Government and the international community to promptly develop, fund, and implement a comprehensive regional strategy to protect civilians, facilitate humanitarian operations, contain and reduce violence, and contribute to conditions for sustainable peace and good governance in Chad, as well as in the wider region that includes the northern region of the Central African Republic and the Darfur region of Sudan
H. Res. 1063, Marking the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, which ended the Revolutionary War with the Kingdom of Great Britain and recognized the independence of the United States of America, and acknowledging the shared values and close friendship between the peoples and governments of the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
H. Res. 1109, Honoring the memory of Dith Pran by remembering his life’s work and continuing to acknowledge and remember the victims of genocides that have taken place around the globe
H. Con. Res. 317, Condemning the Burmese regime’s undemocratic constitution and scheduled referendum
H. Con. Res. 318, Supporting the goals and ideals of the International Year of Sanitation

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2008

2:30 pm – House Appropriations
Hearing – Financial Services Subcommittee

3 pm – Senate Appropriations
Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2009 for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

3 pm – Senate Aging
To hold hearings to examine making government a model for hiring and retaining elderly workers.

3:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Kameran L. Onley, of Washington, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior, and Jeffrey F. Kupfer, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy.

3:30 pm – Senate Appropriations
Legislative Branch Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2009 for the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, the United States Capitol Police, and the Library of Congress.

Thursday, May. 1, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine the adequacy of state and federal regulatory structures for governing electric utility holding companies relating to the repeal of the Public Utility Holding Company Act in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

9:30 am – Senate Indian Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine Indian energy development, focusing on regaining self-determination over reservation resources.

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Hearing
H.R. ____, Draft Legislation Enhancing Access to Broadband Technology and Services for Persons with Disabilities

9:30 am – House Judicary
Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on H.R.____, "Protecting Americans from Unsafe Foreign Products Act"

10 am – House Science and Technology
NASA’s Aeronautics R&D Program: Status and Issues

10 am – House Judicary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on: H.R. 4081, the “Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2007”; and
H.R. 5689, the “Smuggled Tobacco Prevention Act of 2008”

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

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine preventing childhood injury.

10 am – Senate Appropriations
Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee To hold joint hearings to examine addressing the issue of homeless veterans in America.

10 am – Joint Economic Committee
To hold hearings to examine how high food prices are impacting American families.

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia and Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
Joint Oversight Hearing: No Direction Home: An NGO Perspective on Iraqi Refugees and IDPs

11 am – House Ways and Means
Hearing on Education Tax Incentives

11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Amtrak Reauthorization

11:30 am – House Administration
Subcommittee on Capitol Security Hearing on the "Administration & Management of the United States Capitol Police."

2 pm – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Economic Policy Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine financial literacy for today’s homebuyers.

2:15 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine the military build-up on Guam, focusing on the impact on civilian community, planning, and response.

2:15 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of G. Steven Agee, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, William T. Lawrence, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana, and G. Murray Snow, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.

Friday, May. 2, 2008

9:30 am – Joint Economic Committee
To hold hearings to examine the employment-unemployment situation for April 2008.

12 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
Is the VA Cemetery Construction Policy Meeting the Needs of Today’s Veterans and their Families? – Field Hearing

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