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Congressional Hearings – May 19, 2008

May 19th, 2008 by selise

Tuesday, May. 20, 2008

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board Casuality Investigation Program

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Steven C. Preston, of Illinois, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
The purpose of this hearing is to receive testimony on Energy and Related Economic Effects of Global Climate Change Legislation.
Witnesses
Mr. Brent Yacobucci , Congressional Research Service
Dr. Larry Parker , Congressional Research Service
Dr. Howard Gruenspecht , Deputy Administrator, Energy Information Administration
Dr. Brian McLean , U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Peter Orszag , Congressional Budget Office

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
rings to examine plant closings, focusing on workers rights and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN)(Public Law 100-379) Act’s 20th anniversary.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine global internet freedom, focusing on corporate responsibility and the rule of law.

10 am – House Education and Labor
Workforce Protections Subcommittee
Hearing on "ICE Workplace Raids: Their Impact on U.S. Children, Families, and Communities"

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality Hearing
H.R. 5632, a bill to prohibit the importation of certain low-level radioactive waste into the United States

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment
Oversight Hearing: Burma in the Aftermath of Cyclone Nargis: Death, Displacement, and Humanitarian Aid

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
Oversight Hearing: Export Compliance: Ensuring Safety, Increasing Efficiency

10:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine agreement on Extradition between the United States of America and the European Union (EU), signed on June 25, 2003 at Washington, together with twenty-two bilateral instruments which subsequently were signed between the United States and each European Union Member State in order to implement the Agreement with the EU. The Agreement includes an explanatory note which is an integral part of the Agreement (Treaty Doc.109-14), extradition Treaty between the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Latvia, signed on December 7, 2005, at Riga (Treaty Doc.109-15), extradition Treaty between the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Estonia, signed on February 8, 2006, at Tallinn (Treaty Doc.109-16), extradition Treaty between the United States of America and the Government of Malta, signed on May 18, 2006, at Valletta, that includes an exchange of letters that is an integral part of the treaty (Treaty Doc.109-17), extradition Treaty between the United States of America and Romania (the "Extradition Treaty" or the "Treaty") and the Protocol to the Treaty between the United States of America and Romania on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (the "Protocol"), both signed at Bucharest on September 10, 2007 (Treaty Doc.110-11), extradition Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria (the "Extradition Treaty" or the "Treaty") and the Agreement on Certain Aspects of Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria (the "MLA Agreement"), both signed at Sofia on September 19, 2007 (Treaty Doc.110-12), treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, signed at Stockholm on December 17, 2001 (Treaty Doc.107-12), mutual Legal Assistance between the United States of America and the European Union (EU), signed on June 25, 2003, at Washington, together with 25 bilateral instruments that subsequently were signed between the United States and each European Union Member State in order to implement the Agreement with the EU, and an explanatory note that is an integral part of the Agreement (Treaty Doc.109-13), and treaty between the United States of America and Malaysia on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, signed on July 28, 2006, at Kuala Lumpur (Treaty Doc.109-22).

10 am – House Financial Services
Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled, "Examining the Need for H.R. 2885, the Credit Monitoring Clarification Act".

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Oversight Hearing: "The Future of the National Mall"

10:30 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Financial Speculation in Commodity Markets: Are Institutional Investors and Hedge Funds Contributing to Food and Energy Price Inflation?
Witnesses:
Jeffrey H. Harris , Chief Economist , Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Michael W. Masters , Managing Member and Portfolio Manager , Masters Capital Management, LLC
Michael D. Walter , President , Commodity Markets Council
Benn Steil , Ph.D. , Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics , Council on Foreign Relations
Tom Buis , President , National Farmers Union

10:30 am – House Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Oversight
Hearing on the Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

11 am – Senate Appropriations
Defense Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2009 for the Department of Defense.
Witnesses:
The Honorable Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense
Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

11 am – Senate Committee on Conferees and House Budget
Meeting of conferees on S.Con.Res. 70, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2009 and including the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2008 and 2010 through 2013.

11 am – House Homeland Security
MARKUP – H.R. 1333, H.R. 2631, H.R. 4179, H.R. 4749, H.R. 5909, H.R. 5982, and H. Res. 1150

11 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on H.R. 3546, a bill to authorize the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program at fiscal year 2006 levels through 2012.

1 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
EPA’s New Ozone Standards
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
Oversight Hearing: City on the Hill or Prison on the Bay? The Mistakes of Guantanamo and the Decline of America’s Image, Part II
WITNESSES:
Panel I
Mr. Murat Kurnaz, Former detainee, Naval Base, Guantanamo, Via videoconference
Panel II
Stephen Abraham, Esq., Retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Reserve
Mark P. Denbeaux, Esq., Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
Clive Stafford Smith, Esq., Director, Reprieve
P. Sabin Willett, Esq., Partner, Bingham McCutchen
Glenn M. Sulmasy, Esq., National Security and Human Rights Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Part-Time Reemployment of Federal Annuitants
Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia

2:15 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Business meeting to consider pending calendar business.

2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine protecting the constitutional right to vote for all Americans.

2:30 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law
Hearing on: Immigration Needs of America’s Fighting Men and Women

2:30 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act

2:45 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) challenge, focusing on securing one of the worlds most dangerous areas.

5 pm – House Rules
Conference Report on S.Con.Res 70 – The Concurrent Budget Resolution for 2009
H.R. 6049 – H.R. 6049 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes
H.R. 5658 – The “Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009”

Wednesday, May. 21, 2008

9:15 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Concerning Defense Trade Cooperation, done at Washington and London on June 21 and 26, 2007 (Treaty Doc.110-07), and treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia Concerning Defense Trade Cooperation, done at Sydney, September 5, 2007 (Treaty Doc.110-10).

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold hearings to examine pending health care legislation.

9:30 am – House Foreign Affairs
Oversight Hearing: The Rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds: Impacts on U.S. Foreign Policy and Economic Interests

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
Business meeting to consider pending calendar business.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the skyrocketing price of oil.

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Reauthorization of the Great Lakes Legacy Act

10 am – House Education and Labor
Hearing on "The National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report: Foundations for Success," scheduled at 10:00 a.m. in room 2175 Rayburn H.O.B.

10 am – House Financial Services
Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled, "Impact on Homebuyers and Housing Market of Conforming Loan Limit Increase".

10 am – House Financial Services
The Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Domestic Policy Joint Hearing entitled, "Targeting Federal Aid to Neighborhoods Distressed by the Subprime Mortgage Crisis".

10 am – House Financial Services
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing entitled, "The Impact of Credit-Based Insurance Scoring on the Availability and Affordability of Insurance".

10 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Oversight Hearing: "The Danger of Deception: Do Endangered Species Have a Chance?"

10 am – House Natural Resources
Joint Subcommittee Oversight Hearing on "Census Data: Special Issues Related to U.S. Territories"

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Census Data: Special Issues Related to the U.S. Territories
Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives

10 am – House Science and Technology
National Sea Grant College Program Act: H.R. 5618

10 am – House Small Business
Subcommittee on Urban and Rural Entrepreneurship Hearing on “Competitive Bidding for Durable Medical Equipment"

11 am – House Science and Technology
EPA’s Restructured IRIS System: Have Polluters and Politics Overwhelmed Science?

11 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold a business meeting to consider the nomination of: Paul A. Schneider to be Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

11 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Health Hearing
H.R. 1157, Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2007, and H.R. 758, Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2007

1 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
The U.S.-Israel-Egypt Trilateral Relationship: Shoring Up the Foundation of Regional Peace

1:30 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Oversight Hearing: on The FBI Whistleblowers

2 pm – Senate Rules and Administration
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Cynthia L. Bauerly, of Minnesota, Caroline C. Hunter, of Florida, and Donald F. McGahn, of the District of Columbia, each to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.

2 pm – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans: Markup of H.R. 2964, H.R. 5350, H.R. 5451, and H.R. 5741

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Neighborhoods: The Blameless Victims of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis
Subcommittee on Domestic Policy

2:30 pm – Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
To hold hearings to examine efforts to create jobs with climate solutions, focusing on the ways agriculture and forestry can help lower costs in a low-carbon economy.

Thursday, May. 22, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of General David H. Petraeus, USA, for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, United States Central Command, and Lieutenant General Raymond T. Odierno, USA, for appointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq.
Witnesses:
General David H. Petraeus, USA
Lieutenant General Raymond T. Odierno, USA

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the International Convention Against Doping in Sport, adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization on October 19, 2005 (Treaty Doc.110-14).

9:30 am – Senate Indian Affairs
To hold oversight hearings to examine the status of backlogs at the Department of the Interior.

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold hearings to examine S. 1919, to establish trade enforcement priorities for the United States, to strengthen the provisions relating to trade remedies.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Business meeting to consider S. 2756, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a permanent background check system, S. 2982, to amend the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to authorize appropriations, S. 1210, to extend the grant program for drug-endangered children, S.Res. 563, designating September 13, 2008, as "National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day", and the nominations of Elisebeth C. Cook, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice, William T. Lawrence, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana, and G. Murray Snow, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.

10 am – House Appropriations
Hearing – Legislative Branch Subcommittee
Capitol Visitor Center

10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Health
Human Resources Challenges within the Veterans Health Administration

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing
Germs, Viruses, and Secrets: Government Plans to Move Exotic Disease Research to the Mainland United States

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Oversight Hearing: Rising Oil Prices, Declining National Security?

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources: Oversight Hearing on "The United States Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program — Science, Preparation, and Response."

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Accountability Lapses in Multiple Funds for Iraq
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

10 am – House Science and Technology
American Decline or Renewal? – Globalizing Jobs and Technology

10 am – House Small Business
Full Committee Hearing on “RESPA and its Impact on Small Business"

10:30 am – Senate Aging
To hold hearings to examine improving Medicare for the most vulnerable, focusing on senior citizens at risk.

11 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Water and Power: Markup of H.R. 5511 and H.R. 5710

11 am – House Judiciary
Judiciary Committee Antitrust Task Force
Hearing on: Retail Gas Prices, Part 2: Competition in the Oil Industry

1 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
Examining the Effectiveness of VBA Outreach Efforts

2 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine closing the justice gap, focusing on providing civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
Oversight Hearing: City on the Hill or Just Another Country? The United States and the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy
WITNESSES:
The Honorable John Shattuck, Chief Executive Officer, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic
Kenneth Roth, Esq., Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Targeting Federal Aid to Neighborhoods Distressed by the Subprime Mortgage Crisis
Subcommittee on Domestic Policy

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee
To continue hearings to examine improving the security clearance process, focusing on reform efforts to streamline, standardize, and update the process.

Monday, June 2, 2008

TBA – House Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Trade
Levin and Herger Announce Additional Bills on Technical Corrections to U.S. Trade Laws and Miscellaneous Duty Suspensions for Written Comments

Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
To hold hearings to examine the acquisition of major weapons systems by the Department of Defense.

Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
To hold an oversight hearing to examine veterans disability compensation, focusing on undue delay in claims processing.

Thursday, Jun. 5, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine off-highway vehicle management on public lands.

Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2008

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Rebuilding Vessels Under the Jones Act

10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs
Implementing the Wounded Warrior Provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

Thursday, Jun. 19, 2008

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Federal Maritime Commission Management and Regulation of International Shipping

Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2008

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Implementation of the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety Act of 2006

Thursday, Jun. 26, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Business meeting to markup pending calendar business.

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