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Nomination Hearings today for Rice, Salazar, Holder, Napolitano, Schapiro and more

January 15th, 2009 by selise

Six more Congressional Nomination Hearings are scheduled for today: Ambassador to the UN (Rice), Interior (Salazar), Attorney General (Holder), DOD (Lynn, Hale, Flournoy, Johnson), DHS (Napolitano), SEC (Schapiro), Council of Economic Advisors (Romer, Goolsbee, Rouse), and FED Board (Tarullo). Also hearings on green jobs, health IT, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, and the economy in Indian Country.

Webstreaming is expected at the committee website links listed and, for some hearings, at CSPAN (check the CSPAN schedule for their latest). Direct CSPAN real player links: CSPAN, CSPAN-2, CSPAN-3, CSPAN Radio.

Here is today’s schedule (see here for the week’s updated list of hearings).

Thursday, January 15, 2008

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Business meeting to consider the nomination of Hillary R. Clinton to be Secretary of State.

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations

  • The Honorable Susan E. Rice to be Representative to the United Nations,with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative in the Security Council of the United Nations, and to be Representative to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative to the United Nations

9:30 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources

  • Ken Salazar to be Secretary of the Interior

9:30 am – Senate Judiciary (cspan video archive)

  • Eric H. Holder Jr., to be Attorney General of the United States

Note: Please see Rejecting the Joe Biden Gambit Part II: Eric Holder, Rook or Pawn? by Eureka Springs

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services

  • Mr. William J. Lynn III to be Deputy Secretary of Defense;
  • Mr. Robert F. Hale to be Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer;
  • Ms. Michèle Flournoy to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and
  • Mr. Jeh Charles Johnson to be General Counsel, Department of Defense.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

  • The Honorable Janet A. Napolitano to be Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

Panel 1:

  • Honorable Mary Schapiro , Chairman-Designate of New York, The Securities and Exchange Commission

Panel 2:

  • Dr. Christina Romer, Chairman-Designate of California, Council of Economic Advisors
  • Dr. Austan Goolsbee, Member-Designate of Illinois, Council of Economic Advisors
  • Dr. Cecilia Rouse, Member-Designate of New Jersey, Council of Economic Advisors
  • Mr. Daniel Tarullo, Member-Designate of Maryland, The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

10 am – Senate Budget
The Debt Outlook and its Implications for Policy


  • Dr. Richard Berner, Managing Director and Chief US Economist, Morgan Stanley
  • Dr. Allen Sinai, President and Chief Global Economist/Strategist, Decision Economics, Inc.
  • Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin,cPresident, DHE Consulting, LLC

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Investing in Health IT: A Stimulus for a Healthier America

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Hearing on “The U.S. Climate Action Partnership.” The hearing will present the perspectives of members of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (“USCAP”), a coalition of over 30 businesses and nongovernmental organizations that has called for Congress to pass legislation to address the climate change threat.

The following witnesses have been invited to testify:

  • Alain Belda, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alcoa
  • James Mulva, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ConocoPhillips
  • Robert Lane, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deere & Co.
  • Jim Rogers, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Duke Energy
  • Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
  • John Rowe, President & Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Corporation
  • Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Electric
  • Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • David Crane, President and Chief Executive Officer, NRG Energy
  • Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
  • Peter Darbee, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, PG&E Corporation
  • Jeffry Sterba, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, PNM Resources
  • Preston Chiaro, Chief Executive – Energy and Minerals, Rio Tinto
  • George Nolen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Corporation
  • Mark Tercek, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jonathan Lash, President, World Resources Institute

10:45 am – House Education and Labor
On organizing the committee for the 111th Congress.

11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
On organizing the committee for the 111th Congress.

11:15 am – Senate Finance
Organizational business meeting to consider committee’s rules of procedure for the 111th Congress, and an original bill to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

2 pm – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Hearing on Green Jobs, Efficiency Opportunities in Economic Stimulus Package: Creating Opportunities for All


  • Van Jones, Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and founding president of Green For All
  • The Honorable Michael Nutter, City of Philadelphia
  • Denise Bode, CEO, American Wind Energy Association
  • Trevor Houser, Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Partner, Rhodium Group, LLC (RHG)
  • Dr. David Kreutzer, Senior Policy Analyst in Energy Economics and Climate Change at the Heritage Foundation

2:30 pm – Senate Indian Affairs
Hearing on Job Creation and Economic Stimulus in Indian Country

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