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Hearing List for week of Jan 19, 2009

January 19th, 2009 by selise

last updated 1/22/09

Live streaming expected at committee websites and CSPAN (schedule). Direct real player links are: CSPAN, CSPAN-2, CSPAN-3, CSPAN Radio.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

10 am – Senate Budget
Hearing on Addressing Short- and Long-Term Fiscal Challenges

  • Hon. Alice M. Rivlin, Director, Greater Washington Research, The Brookings Institution
  • Dr. Robert D. Reischauer, President, Urban Institute
  • Dr. Rudolph G. Penner, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

10 am – Senate Finance
Nomination:

  • Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine the financial crisis and the breakdown of financial governance.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Organizational business meeting to consider committee’s rules of procedure for the 111th Congress, and any pending nominations.

Note: postponed

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Business meeting to consider the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be Attorney General of the United States

Note: postponed

12 noon – House Appropriations
Markup of legislation on American recovery and reinvestment.

1:30 pm – House Energy and Commerce
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. ____- Digital Television Transition Extension Act.

2 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearing: Where Were the Watchdogs? The Financial Crisis and the Breakdown of Financial Governance

Witnesses

  • Gene L. Dodaro , Acting Comptroller General , U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Howell E. Jackson , James S. Reid Jr. Professor of Law , Harvard Law School
  • Steven M. Davidoff , Professor of Law , University of Connecticut School of Law

2 pm – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Nomination:

  • Representative Ray LaHood to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation

Note: this hearing was postponed from 1/14/2009

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Business meeting to consider the nomination of Susan E. Rice to be Representative to the United Nations.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Business meeting, agenda TBA.

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Nominations:

  • Mr. James B. Steinberg, to be Deputy Secretary of State
  • Mr. Jacob J. Lew, to be Deputy Secretary of State, for Management and Resources

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Mark up of the portion of the economic recovery package that is in the jurisdiction of the Committee

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearing: What States Are Doing to Keep us Healthy

Witnesses:

  • Jonathan Fielding, M.D., M.P.H., Director and Health Officer, County of Los Angeles Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bill Emmet, Director, Campaign for Mental Health Reform, Washington, DC
  • Allen Dobson, Jr., M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health Policy and Medical Assistance, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, NC
  • Honorable Jack Hatch, State Senator of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

10 am – Senate Intelligence
Nomination:

  • Dennis Blair, to be Director of National Intelligence

Note: Background on Dennis Blair and East Timor from Democracy Now! (here, here and here).

10 am – House Armed Services
The committee will meet to receive testimony on preventing weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism.

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Bob Graham, Chairman, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism
  • The Honorable James Talent, Vice Chairman, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism
  • Dr. Graham Allison, Commissioner, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

10am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Infrastructure Investment: Ensuring an Effective Economic Recovery Package

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
Organizational Meeting

10 am – House Ways and Means
Markup of H.R. 598:
1. Title I – “American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009”
2. Title II –“Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act”
3. Title III – “Health Insurance Assistance for the Unemployed Act of 2009”
4. Title IV – “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act”

10 am – House Judiciary
Organizing meeting.

10 am – Senate Finance
Business meeting to consider the nomination of Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury.

10:15 am – House Budget
Organizing meeting.

1 pm – House Administration
Organizing meeting.

2 pm – House Judciary
Hearing on H.R. 200 – Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Act, and H.R. 225 – Emergency Homeownership and Equity Protection Act.

Witnesses:
Panel 1:

  • Hon. Brad Miller, U.S. House of Representatives, 13th District, NC
  • Hon. Jim Marshall, U.S. House of Representatives, 8th District, GA

Panel 2:

  • David M. Certner, Legislative Policy Director, American Association of Retired Persons
  • Adam J. Levitin, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Christopher J. Mayer, Senior Vice Dean, Columbia Business School
  • Matthew Mason, Assistant Director, UAW-GM Legal Services Plan

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
To receive testimony on the challenges facing the Department of Defense.

Witness:

  • Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Energy Reduction and Environmental Sustainability in Surface Transportation

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine investment securities fraud, focusing on regulator and oversight concerns.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Hearings to examine health information technology (IT), focusing on protecting Americans’ privacy in the digital age.

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Hearing on: H.R. 157, the "District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act if 2009"

2 pm – House Judiciary
Markup of H.R. 200, the "Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Act of 2009" and the Committee’s Oversight Plan

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine veteran’s disability compensation, focusing on the appeals process.

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Freight and Passenger Rail: Present and Future Roles, Performance, Benefits, and Needs

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
International Piracy on the High Seas

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