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Hearing List for week of June 16, 2008

June 16th, 2008 by selise

Monday, June 16, 2008

9:30 am – House Financial Services
Joseph E. Cole Center for Continuing Education, Cleveland State University, 3100 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. The Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity will hold a field hearing entitled, "Foreclosure Problems and Solutions: Federal, State, and Local Efforts to Address the Foreclosure Crisis in Ohio"

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
To hold hearings to examine the origins of aggressive interrogation techniques, focusing on Part I of the Committee’s inquiry into the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody

Witnesses:
Panel 1:

  • Richard L. Shiffrin, Former Deputy General Counsel for Intelligence, DoD
  • Lieutenant Colonel Daniel J. Baumgartner, Jr., USAF (Ret.), Former Chief of Staff, Joint Personnel Recovery Agency
  • Jerald F. Ogrisseg, Former Chief, Psychology Services, 336th Training Group, USAF Survival School

Panel 2:

  • Alberto J. Mora, Former General Counsel, US Navy
  • Rear Admiral Jane G. Dalton, USN (Ret.), Former Legal Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Lieutenant Colonel Diane E. Beaver, USA (Ret.), Former Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Task Force 170/JTF, Guantanamo Bay

Panel 3:

  • Mr. William J. Haynes II, Former General Counsel, DoD

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine the challenges and regional solutions to developing transmission for renewable electricity resources

10 am – Senate Finance
Crisis in the Future: Long Run Deficits and Debt

10 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine protecting consumers by protecting intellectual property.

10:30 am – Joint Senate Appropriations/Senate Agriculture
To hold joint hearings to examine the role, responsibilities, and resource needs of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on oversight of futures and derivatives markets in energy and agriculture, with particular focus on the oversight of energy markets and oil futures contracts.

Witnesses:
Panel 1:

  • Walter Lukken, Acting Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Panel 2

  • Mark Cooper, Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America
  • Terrence Duffy, Executive Chairman, CME Group
  • James C. May, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Transport Association
  • James E. Newsome, CEO and President, New York Mercantile Exchange
  • Charles A. Vice, President and Chief Operating Officer, Intercontinental Exchange

2 pm – House Judiciary
Hearing on Ensuring Legal Redress for American Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism

2:15 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine international disaster assistance, focusing on policy options.

2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine ways to respond to the growing need for federal judgeships, focusing on "The Federal Judgeship Act of 2008”.

2:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
National Parks Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine S. 1774, to designate the John Krebs Wilderness in the State of California, to add certain land to the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park Wilderness, S. 2255, to amend the National Trails System Act to provide for studies of the Chisholm Trail and Great Western Trail to determine whether to add the trails to the National Trails System, S. 2359, to establish the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission, S. 2943, to amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, S. 3017, to designate the Beaver Basin Wilderness at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the State of Michigan, S. 3010, to reauthorize the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, S. 3045, to establish the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Forest Heritage Area in the State of Alaska, H.R. 1143, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands in Virgin Islands National Park, and S. 3096, to amend the National Cave and Karst Research Institute Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations for the National Cave and Karst Research Institute.

3 pm – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings to examine combating sexual exploitation of children, focusing on strengthening international law enforcement cooperation.

4 pm – House Appropriations
Subcommittee Markup – Financial Services

5 pm – House Rules
H.R. 5781 – Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008
H.R. 5876 – Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008

5:30 pm – House Appropriations
Subcommittee Markup – Energy & Water

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine pending nominations.

9:30 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Select Committee Looks to Smart Planning as Response to Fuel Costs, Global Warming

10 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
Oversight of U.S. Efforts to Train and Equip Police and Enhance the Justice System in Afghanistan

10 am – House Natural Resources
Joint Subcommittee Oversight Hearing on "Paying to Play: Implementation of Fee Authority on Federal Lands"

10 am – House Financial Services
The Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled, "The 15th Replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA) and the 11th Replenishment of the African Development Fund (AfDF)"

10 am – House Appropriations
Full Committee Consideration – Subcommittee Allocations/302(b)s
Full Committee Markup – Homeland Security and Interior & the Environment

10 am – House Education and Labor
arkup on "H.R. 3195, ADA Restoration Act of 2007," "H.R. 2343, Education Begins at Home Act," and "H.R. 3036, No Child Left Inside Act of 2007"

10 am – Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science
Markup hearing

*** postponed 10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine privacy implications of online advertising.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine protecting personal information, focusing on steps the federal government has in place.

10 am – Senate Finance
Open Executive Session to consider the "Iran Sanctions Act of 2008” and pending nominations

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Congestion Management in the New York Airspace

10 am – Senate Rules and Administration
To hold hearings to examine improving energy efficiency, focusing on increasing the use of renewable sources of energy, and reducing the carbon footprint of the Capitol complex.

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Oversight Hearing: The Caucasus: Frozen Conflicts and Closed Border

10 am – House Small Business
Subcommittee on Finance and Tax Hearing on "S-Corps: Recommended Reforms that Promote Parity, Growth and Development for Small Business"

10:15 am – House Foreign Affairs
Markup of: H. Res. 937, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the emergency communications services provided by the American Red Cross are vital resources for military service members and their families
H. Res. 1008, Condemning the persecution of Baha’is in Iran; and
H. Con. Res. 361, Commemorating Irena Sendler, a woman whose bravery saved the lives of thousands during the Holocaust and remembering her legacy of courage, selflessness, and hope

10:15 am – House Judiciary
Markup of: H.R. 3195, the “ADA Restoration Act of 2007”; and H.R. 3546, a bill to authorize he Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program at fiscal year 2006 levels through 2012

10:30 am – Senate Aging and Senate Judiciary
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee
To hold joint hearings to examine S. 2838, to amend chapter 1 of title 9 of United States Code with respect to arbitration.

10:30 am – House Ways and Means
Markup of: H.R. ____, the “Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008”

11 am – Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Markup hearing

1 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
The Federal Protective Service: An Agency in Need of Rebuilding

2 pm – 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 II

2 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine the preparedness of federal land management agencies for the 2008 wildfire season.

2 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine the preparedness of federal land management agencies for the 2008 wildfire
season.

2 pm – House Administration
Subcommittee on Capitol Security Hearing on “United States Capitol Police Radio Upgrades”

2 pm – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans: Oversight Hearing on the Reauthorization of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act

Thursday, June 19, 2008

9 am – House Appropriations
Subcommittee Markup – Labor, Health, & Education

9:30 am – House Education and Labor
Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness Subcommittee
Joint Hearing with the Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight on "Restoring America’s Leadership Through Scholarships for Undergraduates from Developing Countries: The Uniting Students in America (USA) Proposal"

9:30 am – Senate Indian Affairs
Business meeting to consider pending calendar legislation; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine an original bill to address law and order in Indian country.

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality Hearing
Legislative Proposals to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions:  An Overview

9:30 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
Joint Oversight Hearing: Restoring America’s Leadership through Scholarships for Undergraduates from Developing Countries: The Uniting Students in America (USA) Proposal

9:30 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Examining Grantmaking Practices at the Department of Justice

10 am – House Intelligence
Full Committee Evetn – Human Rights First Briefing

10 am – House Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Oversight
Hearing on Economic Stimulus Payments

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Moving Mississippi Forward: Ongoing Progress and Remaining Problems

10 am – House Small Business
Full Committee Hearing on "Small Business Exports in the Current Economic Climate"

10 am – House Science and Technology
An Insecure Forecast for Continuity of Climate and Weather Data: The NPOESS Weather Satellite Program

10 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Oversight Hearing on the Utah Navajo Trust Fund

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
Joint Hearing on H.R. 4854, the "False Claims Act Correction Act"

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
Oversight Hearing: Genetics and other Human Modification Technologies: Sensible International Regulation or a New Kind of Arms Race

10 am – House Financial Services
The Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled, "Affordable Housing Preservation and Protection of Tenants"

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Hearing
Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: The State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the efficacy of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (MINER)(Public Law 109-236), focusing on a two year review.

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine cruise ship safety, focusing on potential steps for keeping Americans safe at sea.

10:30 am – House Education and Labor
Hearing on "Hidden Tragedy: Underreporting of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses"

12 pm – House Appropriations
Subcommittee Markup – Agriculture

1 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2721, H.R. 3786, H.R. 6070, H.R. 4255, H.R. 6221, H.R. 6224, H.R. 6225, and H.R. 6272

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

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 management challenges facing the Federal Protective Service, focusing on a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.

2 pm – Senate Appropriations
Full Committee Markup

2:15 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine pending nominations.

2:30 pm – House Appropriations
Full Committee Markup – Military Construction & Veterans Affairs and Commerce, Justice, & Science

2:30 pm – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Securities, Insurance and Investment Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine risk management, focusing on its implications for systemic risk.

Friday, June 20, 2008

9 am – House Appropriations
Subcommittee Markup – Transportation & Housing

10 am – House Oversight and Government Affairs
Business Meeting

*** 9:30 am – House Judiciary
Hearing on Revelations by Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan

10 am – House Financial Services
The Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity will hold a hearing entitled, "H.R. 5772, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2008"

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Government Oversight
To hold a public hearing to consider the nomination of: Elaine C. Duke to be Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

11 am – House Appropriations
Subcommittee Markup – Legislative Branch

Monday, June 23, 2008

9 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Preparing for the Workforce Transition at Kennedy Space Center

11 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing
Energy Speculation: Is Greater Regulation Necessary to Stop Price Manipulation? – Part II

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

House Appropriations
Full Committee Markup – Energy & Water

House Appropriations
Full Committee Markup – Financial Services

9:30 am – House Agriculture
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry — Public Hearing.
RE: To review advances in animal health within the livestock industry.

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee On Water And Power: Oversight Hearing on "The Silent Invasion: Finding Solutions To Minimize The Impacts Of Invasive Quagga Mussels On Water Rates, Water Infrastructure And The Environment."

10 am – House Budget
The SAFE Commission Act (H.R. 3654) and the Long-Term Fiscal Challenge

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Connecting Communities: The Role of the Surface Transportation Network in Moving People and Feight

10:30 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine climate change impacts on the transportation sector.

10:30 am – Senate Judiciary
Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law 
From Nuremberg to Darfur: Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Comprehensive Watershed Management Planning

2 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
VA/DoD Cooperation in Reintegration of National Guard and Reserves

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Business meeting to consider pending calendar business.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Judiciary
Constitution Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine laptop searches and other violations of privacy faced by Americans returning from overseas travel.

House Appropriations
Full Committee Markup – Labor, Health, & Education

House Appropriations
Full Committee Markup – Agriculture

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

Thursday, June 26, 2008

House Appropriations
Full Committee Markup – Transportation & Housing

House Appropriations
Full Committee Markup – Legislative Branch

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

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

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

tba – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing on FEMA’s Toxic Trailers
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Hearing – Review of Veterans’ Disability Compensation: Undue Delay in Claims Processing

Thursday, July 10, 2008

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Coast Guard Ice Breaking

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

House Appropriations
Subcommittee Markup – Defense

House Appropriations
Subcommittee Markup – State & Foreign Operations

Monday, July 21, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks FIELD hearing: to receive testimony regarding the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory of all species within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Asheville, North Carolina)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

House Appropriations
Full Committee Markup – Defense and State & Foreign Operations

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Oversight hearing: VA’s Response to the Needs of Returning Guard and Reserve Members

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