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Hearing List for Tuesday, January 27, 2009

January 27th, 2009 by selise

Today looks like Robert M. Gates day. The Secretary of Defense War will be testifying in the morning before the Senate Armed Services Committee and in the afternoon before the House Armed Services Committee. Below is a list of today’s Congressional Committee hearings (or see complete list).

Live streaming is expected at committee websites (see links below) and CSPAN (schedule).
Direct realplayer links are: CSPAN, CSPAN-2, CSPAN-3, CSPAN Radio.

9 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine access to prevention and public health for high risk populations.

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


  • Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense

9:30 am – Senate Judiciary
Hearings to examine health information technology (IT), focusing on protecting Americans’ privacy in the digital age.

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 – 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"

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
DTV Markup

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
The Status of Human Rights in China: The U.N. Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Panel I

  • Representative, U.S. Department of State (invited)

Panel II

  • Bhuchung Tsering, International Campaign for Tibet
  • Rebiya Kadeer, Uygher American Association

Panel III

  • Felice Gaer, Jacob Blaustein Institute
  • T. Kumar, Amnesty International
  • Harry Wu, The Laogai Research Foundation
  • Lucie Morillon, Reporters without Borders

10 am – House Budget
The Economic Outlook and Budget Challenges

Panel 1:

  • Douglas Elmendorf, Ph.D., Director, Congressional Budget Office

Panel 2:

  • Alice M. Rivlin, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
  • Mark Zandi, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Cofounder, Moody’s
  • Laurence Meyer, Ph.D., Vice Chairman, Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC
  • Kevin A. Hassett, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

10:15 am – House Financial Services
Business meeting to "Organize Committee Membership for the 111th Congress".

10:30 am – Senate Appropriations
Adoption of the Committee Rules for the 111th Congress and Markup of The Economic Recovery Supplemental.

10:30 am – Senate Finance
Open Executive Session to consider an original bill entitled “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”

1 pm – House Administration
Committee Organizational Meeting

1 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Organizational Meeting

1 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Roundtable with the veterans service organizations and military associations to discuss legislative priorities for the 111th Congress

1:30 pm – House Armed Services
The full committee will meet to receive testimony on the priorities of the Department of Defense in the new Administration.


  • The Honorable Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense

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

3:30 pm – House Rules
H.R. 1 – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

x-posted at oxdown

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