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Hearing List for week of Jan 26, 2009

January 26th, 2009 by selise

last updated 1/29/09

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

Monday, January 26, 2009

5 pm – House Rules
Emergency Meeting: S. 181 – Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009
H.R. 1 – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (General Debate Rule)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Business meeting to consider the nominations of James B. Steinberg, to be Deputy Secretary, and Jacob J. Lew, to be Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources, both of the Department of State.

10 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Addressing Global Climate Change: The Road to Copenhagen


  • The Honorable Albert A. Gore, Jr, Former Vice President of the United States, Nashville, TN

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

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


  • Joseph Boardman, President and CEO, Amtrak

10 am – Senate Budget
Hearings to examine federal response to the housing and financial crisis.


  • Dr. Douglas W. Elmendorf — Director Designate, Congressional Budget Office

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine lessons from the Mumbai, India terrorist attacks, Part II.

10 am – House Armed Services
The Military Personnel Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on Sexual Assault in the Military: Victim Support and Advocacy.


  • Dr. Kaye Whitley, Director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Department of Defense
  • Ms. Suzanne Brown-McBride, Executive Director, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Committee Organizational Meeting

10 am – House Science and Technology
Organizing meeting

11 am – House Agriculture
Organizational Meeting

1 pm – House Small Business
Open organizational meeting.

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the U.S. Postal Service

Thursday, January 29, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Business Meeting

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine quality in health reform: "Crossing the Quality Chasm in Health Reform"


  • Nancy Davenport-Ennis, CEO, National Patient Advocate Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Karen Davis, President, Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY
  • Rhonda Robinson-Beale, MD, Chief Medical Officer, OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, Golden Valley, MN
  • Elizabeth Teisberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, VA
  • Christine K. Cassel, MD, President, American Board of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

10 am – Senate Budget
Hearings to examine the global economy, focusing on outlook, risks, and implications for policy.


  • Dr. Simon Johnson — Ronald Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Dr. Brad W. Setser — Fellow for Geoeconomics, The Council on Foreign Relations
  • Mr. Tim Adams — Managing Director, The Lindsey Group

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs
The State of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

2 pm – House Infrastructure and Transportation
FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009

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