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Congressional Hearings for week of Nov 17, 2008

November 17th, 2008 by selise

Monday, November 17, 2008

10 am, 2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To hold hearings to examine the nomination of Robert W. McGowan, of Nevada, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service and the nominations of Kathryn A. Oberly to be Associate Judge, D.C. Court of Appeals and Alfred S. Irving Jr. to be Associate Judge, D.C. Superior Court.

2 pm – Senate Finance
Nomination Hearing, Neil M. Barofsky for Special Inspector General , Troubled Asset Relief Program

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

9:30 am – House Financial Services
Oversight of Implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and of Government Lending and Insurance Facilities; Impact on Economy and Credit Availability

Witnesses:
panel 1:

  • Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Sheila C. Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

panel 2:

  • Steve Bartlett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Financial Services Roundtable
  • Edward L. Yingling, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Bankers Association
  • Cynthia Blankenship, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Bank of the West on behalf of The Independent Community Bankers of America
  • D. Cameron Findlay, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Aon Corporation on behalf of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

panel 3:

  • Alan S. Blinder, Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Center for Economic Policy Studies, Princeton University
  • Martin S. Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University and President Emeritus, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

10:30 am – House Veteran’s Affairs
Economic Opportunity Subcommittee on Veteran’s Affairs short and long-term strategies for implementing new G.I. bill requirements

3 pm – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Examining the State of the Domestic Automobile Industry

Witnesses
panel 1:

  • Debbie Stabenow, (D-MI) United States Senator

panel 2:

  • Ron Gettelfinger, President, UWA
  • Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company
  • Robert Nardelli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler LLC
  • G. Richard Wagoner, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors
  • Peter Morici, Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

4 pm – Senate Armed Services
Closed business meeting to consider pending nominations and to consider and approve the report of the Committee’s inquiry into the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Nomination Hearing of Neil M. Barofsky for Special Inspector General , Troubled Asset Relief Program

10 am – House Financial Services
"Stabilizing the Financial Condition of the American Automobile Industry"
Legislative hearing on extending the Department of Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to the U.S. auto industry. The bill, which is still being drafted, will extend the recently passed TARP program to help the financial stability of the American car industry.

Witness List:

  • [Ron Gettelfinger,] President, UWA
  • Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company
  • Robert Nardelli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler LLC
  • G. Richard Wagoner, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors

10 am – Senate Budget
The Economic Outlook and Options for Stimulus

Witness List:

  • Mark Zandi, Chief Economist and Co-founder of Moody’s Economy.com
  • Simon Johnson, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • John B. Taylor, Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics, Stanford University

10 am – Senate Finance
Health Care Reform: An Economic Perspective

Witness List:

  • Ivan G. Seidenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Communications, Inc.
  • Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union
  • Uwe E. Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Amitabh Chandra, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Helping Families Save Their Homes: The Role of Bankruptcy Law

10 am – House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight
Renewing the United Nations Mandate for Iraq: Plans and Prospects

Witness List:

  • Oona A. Hathaway, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law, University of California Berkeley
  • Raed Jarrar, Iraq Consultant, Middle East Peace Building Program, American Friends Service Committee
  • Michael J. Matheson, Visiting Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Issam Michael Saliba, Senior Foreign Law Specialist, Middle East and North Africa, Law Library of Congress
  • Thomas Donnelly, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

12:30 pm – House Armed Services, Air and Land Forces Subcommittee
Hearing on the F-22 program.

2 pm – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Prospect for Change in Turkmenistan.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

10 am – House Agriculture
To review the role of credit derivatives in the U.S. economy.

10 am – House Small Business
Review of Recent Federal Efforts to Improve Credit Conditions for Small Businesses

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