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Congressional Hearings – May 5, 2008

May 5th, 2008 by selise

Monday, May 5, 2008

9am* – Senate Appropriations
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
*Mountain Time
Eagle County Courthouse, Eagle, Colorado 81637
Oversight hearing concerning the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic in the Western United States.

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing on whether the Administration’s Medicaid regulations will make the hospital emergency surge capacity worse.

Tuesday, May. 6, 2008

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce
H.R. 5353, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Hearing

10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs
The Truth about Veterans’ Suicides
Witnesses:
Panel 1
The Honorable James B Peake M.D., The Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Accompanied By:
Gerald Cross, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration
Ira Katz M.D., Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer for Mental Health, Veterans Health Administration
Panel 2
Stephen L Rathbun Ph.D., Interim Head & Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Georgia
M. David Rudd Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Texas Tech University
Ronald Wm. Maris Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina
Panel 3
Michael Shepherd M.D., Physician, Office of Healthcare Inspections, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
To hold hearings to examine perchlorate and trichloroethylene (TCE) in water,

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold hearings to examine seizing the new opportunity for health reform
Witnesses:
The Honorable Tommy Thompson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
The Honorable Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Miami, FL

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

10 am – House Education and Labor
Hearing on "Do Federal Programs Ensure U.S. Workers Are Recruited First Before Employers Hire From Abroad?"

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
Oversight Hearing: Higher Education in Africa: Making the Link between Intellectual Capital and Regional Development

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Hearing on: From the Department of Justice to Guantanamo Bay: Administration Lawyers and Administration Interrogation Rules, Part I
Witnesses:
Philippe Sands, QC, Professor of Law, University College London, Barrister, Matrix Chambers
Marjorie Cohn, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, President, National Lawyers Guild
David B. Rivkin, Jr., Partner, Baker & Hostetler, LLP
David J. Luban, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Rising Diesel Fuel Costs in the Trucking Industry – Hearing to receive testimony on the causes of rising diesel fuel costs and the impact of this trend on the trucking industry. The Subcommittee will also examine the relationship among motor carriers, brokers, shippers, and independent drivers with respect to setting and collecting fuel surcharges.

10 am – House Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Social Security
Hearing on Employment Eligibility Verification Systems and the Potential Impacts on SSA’s Ability to Serve Retirees, People with Disabilities, and Workers

10:30 am – House Energy and Commerce
The Renewable Fuels Standard: Issues, Implementation, and Opportunities
Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality Hearing

1 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Hearing on Federal Prison Industries – Examining the Effects of Section 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008

1 pm – House Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Health
Hearing on Medicare’s Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program

2 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on the Rulemaking Process and the Unitary Executive Theory
Witnesses:
Panel I:
Susan E. Dudley, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC
Panel II:
Curtis Copeland Ph.D.. Specialist in American National Government, Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC
James L. Gattuso, Esq., Senior Fellow in Regulatory Policy, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC
Peter L. Strauss, Professor, Columbia University School of Law, New York, New York
Rick Melberth, Ph.D., Director of Regulatory Policy, OMB Watch, Washington, DC

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

2 pm – Senate Judiciary
Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine policing lenders and protecting homeowners, focusing on the current foreclosure crisis.

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Aviation
Aviation and the Environment: Emissions

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC).

2:30 pm – Senate Intelligence
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Michael E. Leiter, of the District of Columbia, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

3 pm – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Markup of:
H.R. 5464, the “A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act”;
H.R. 2352, the “School Safety Enhancements Act of 2007”;
H.R. 3480, the “Let Our Veterans Rest in Peace Act of 2007”;
S. 2135, the “Child Solders Accountability Act of 2007”;
H.R. 5938, the “Former Vice President Protection Act of 2008”;
H.R. 5057, the “Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2008”;
H.R. 1783, the “Elder Justice Act”; and
H.R. 5352, the “Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2008”

3 pm – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine oil and food prices relating to the link between energy and environmental security, focusing on the role that environmental technologies can play in increasing energy security while combating climate change by reducing demand on hydrocarbon resources.

3 pm – House Rules
H.R. 5818 – The Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2008
H. Res. ___ – Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments the bill (H.R. 3221) to provide needed housing reform and for other purposes.

Wednesday, May. 7, 2008

9 am – House Armed Services
The Air and Land Forces Subcommittee will mark up the following legislation: H.R. 5658 – To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2009, and for other purposes.

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Gillian Arlette Milovanovic, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mali, Donald Gene Teitelbaum, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia, Peter William Bodde, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi, Donald E. Booth, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia, Marianne Matuzic Myles, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cape Verde, and Stephen James Nolan, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana, all of the Department of State.

9:30 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
Public Sector Solutions to Global Warming, Oversight, and Children’s Health Protection Subcommittee
To hold an oversight hearing to examine science and environmental regulatory decisions.
Witnesses:
Panel 1
The Honorable George Gray, PhD., Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA
Panel 2
Dr. Francesca Grifo, Senior Scientist, Director, Scientific Integrity Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Dr. Paul Gilman, Chief Sustainability Officer, Covanta Energy Corporation
Dr. David Michaels PhD, MPH, Research Professor and Associate Chairman, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, The George Washington University
Panel 3
Dr. George Thurston ScD., Professor of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine
Dr. Roger McClellan, Private Advisor, Toxicology and Human Health Risk Analysis
Dr. Lorenz Rhomberg, Principal, Gradient Corporation
Dr. John Balbus, Chief Health Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

9:30 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Space, Aeronautics, and Related Agencies Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine reauthorization of vision for space exploration.

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

9:30 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
The lack of hospital emergency surge capacity: Will the Administration’s Medicaid regulations make it worse?, Day Two

9:45 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Business meeting to consider pending calendar business.

9:45 am – Senate Appropriations
Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies
Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Request for the Department of Labor.
Witnesses:
Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

10 am – House Appropriations
Hearing – Legislative Branch Subcommittee

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine fuel subsidies relating to food supply and prices.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Helene N. White, and Raymond M. Kethledge, both of Michigan, both to be United States Circuit Judges for the Sixth Circuit, and Stephen Joseph Murphy III, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Securities, Insurance and Investment Subcommittee
Turmoil in the U.S. Credit Markets: Examining the Regulation of Investment Banks by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Oversight Hearing: U.S. Foreign Policy in Pakistan: Implications for Regional Security, Stability, and Development

10:30 am – Senate Appropriations
Defense
CLOSED HEARING – Fiscal Year 2009 testimony from the United States Intelligence Community.
Witnesses: The Honorable Mike McConnell, Director of National Intelligence
The Honorable James Clapper Jr., Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence)

11 am – House Judiciary
Judiciary Committee Antitrust Task Force
Hearing on Retail Gas Prices, Part 1: Consumer Effects

11 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Markup of H.R. 3094: To establish in the Treasury of the United States a fund which shall be known as the National Park Centennial Fund, and for other purposes. "National Park Centennial Fund Act"

11:30 am – House Armed Services
The Military Personnel Subcommittee will mark up the following legislation: H.R. 5658 – To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2009, and for other purposes.

1:00 pm –House Armed Services
The Strategic Forces Subcommittee will mark up the following legislation: H.R. 5658 – To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2009, and for other purposes.

1:30 pm – House Appropriations
Hearing – Defense Subcommittee
Defense Outsourcing

2 pm – Senate Judiciary
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine concentration in agriculture, focusing on an examination of the JBS Swift Group acquisitions.

2 pm – House Small Business
Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology
Hearing on “The DTV Transition and Small Businesses: Small Firms Contributing to a Big Change"

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Markup – Water Resouces and Environment
H.R. 2452, the "Raw Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act"
H.R. 135, the "Twenty-First Century Water Commission Acto of 2007"
H.R. 5770, to provide for a study by the National Academy of Sciences of potential impacts of climate change on water resources and water quality, and
H.Res 1137, supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Works Week

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine the state of the airline industry, focusing on the impact of the Delta/Northwest airlines merger.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine international Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (the "Convention"), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on April 13, 2005, and signed on behalf of the United States of America on September 14, 2005 (Treaty Doc.110-04), amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (the "Amendment"). A conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, adopted on October 28, 1979, adopted the Amendment on July 8, 2005, at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (Treaty Doc.110-06), and protocol of 2005 to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (the "2005 SUA Protocol") and the Protocol of 2005 to the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf (the "2005 Fixed Platforms Protocol") (together, "the Protocols"), adopted by the International Maritime Organization Diplomatic Conference in London on October 14, 2005, and signed by the United States of America on February 17, 2006 (Treaty Doc.110-08).

2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine a way forward for the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

3 pm – Senate Appropriations
Financial Services and General Government
Testimony on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission’s budget requests and justifications for Fiscal Year 2009.
Witnesses:
The Honorable Walter Lukken, Acting Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
The Honorable Christopher Cox, Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission

Thursday, May. 8, 2008

9 am – House Armed Services
The Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee will mark up the following legislation: H.R. 5658 – To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2009, and for other purposes.

9:30 am – Senate Appropriations
Energy and Water Development
Testimony on the Department of Energy’s decision to restructure the FutureGen program and obtain information about the elements of the original and revised approaches to advance carbon capture and storage technologies.
Witnesses:
Panel I -
The Honorable Samuel Bodman, Secretary, Department of Energy
Panel II -
Paul W. Thompson, Chairman of the Board, FutureGen Industrial Alliance, Inc.

10 am – House Budget
Joint Hearing of Committee on the Budget and Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Financing Infrastructure Investments
Witnesses:
Dr. Peter R. Orszag, Director, Congressional Budget Office
Patricia A. Dalton, Managing Director, Physical Infrastructure Team, Government Accountability Office

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
To hold hearings to examine goods movement on our nation’s highways.

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold hearings to examine social security field offices, focusing on the resources and workforce needed to deliver quality service to the public.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine cancer relating to challenges and opportunities in the 21th century.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Business meeting to consider 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. 2913, to provide a limitation on judicial remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works, S. 2511, to amend the grant program for law enforcement armor vests to provide for a waiver of or reduction in the matching funds requirement in the case of fiscal hardship, H.R. 4056, to establish an awards mechanism to honor Federal law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty, S. 2774, to provide for the appointment of additional Federal circuit and district judges, S. 1738, to establish a Special Counsel for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction within the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, to improve the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, to increase resources for regional computer forensic labs, and to make other improvements to increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute predators, S. 2756, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a permanent background check system, S. 1515, to establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network to represent domestic violence victims, S. 2504, to amend title 36, United States Code, to grant a Federal charter to the Military Officers Association of America, and S.Res. 537, commemorating and acknowledging the dedication and sacrifice made by the men and women who have lost their lives while serving as law enforcement officers.

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 recruiting and hiring the next generation of federal employees.

10 am – House Education and Labor
Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee
Hearing on "The National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts: Overview of Programs and National Impact"

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: Marketing, Education, or Deception?Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Oversight Hearing: U.S. Assistance to the Middle East: Old Tools for New Tasks?

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Oversight Hearing: Central America and the Merida Initiative

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

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3840: To prohibit commercial fishing of Atlantic menhaden for reduction purposes in inland, State, and Federal waters along the Atlantic coast of the United States, and for other purposes. (Atlantic Menhaden Conservation Act). and H.R. 3841: To prohibit the commercial harvesting of Atlantic menhaden for reduction purposes in the coastal waters and the exclusive economic zone.

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Water and Power
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 155: To provide compensation to the Lower Brule and Crow Creek Sioux Tribes of South Dakota for damage to tribal land caused by Pick-Sloan projects along the Missouri River (Lower Brule and Crow Creek Tribal Compensation Act). and H.R. 5511: To direct the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to remedy problems caused by a collapsed drainage tunnel in Leadville, Colorado, and for other purposes (Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel Remediation Act of 2008). and H.R. 5710: 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, and for other purposes (Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act)

10 am – House Science and Technology
Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Act of 2008

10 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Efficiency Policy

11 am – House Armed Services
The Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee will mark up the following legislation: H.R. 5658 – To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2009, and for other purposes.

11 am – House Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support
***NOTICE — POSTPONED HEARING – RESCHEDULED***Hearing on the Utilization of Psychotropic Medication for Children in Foster Care

12 noon – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Nanci E. Langley, of Virginia, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission, and Andrew Saul, of New York, Alejandro Modesto Sanchez, of Florida, and Gordon James Whiting, of New York, all to be Members of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

1 pm – House Armed Services
The Readiness Subcommittee will mark up the following legislation: H.R. 5658 – To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2009, and for other purposes.

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
The Economics of Universal Mail Post PAEA
Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine improving the capacity of United States climate modeling for decision-makers and end-us.

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