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Hearing List for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

February 11th, 2009 by selise

For anyone who didn’t get enough of Tim Geithner yesterday, he will be testifying before the Senate Budget committee today. Personally, I did get enough of Geithner yesterday – but Senators Sanders, Feingold and Whitehouse are on the Senate Budget committee, so there is the possibility of hearing a Democrat ask a decent question something that I did not hear on Tuesday. That may make the hearing worth listening to. Alternatively, for those Congress watchers into Horror Flicks, the House Financial Services is scheduled to hear testimony from Vikram Pandit and seven other CEOs of the biggest most insolvent, bankrupt zombie banks. We like to call them the zombie bankers. Or see the full day’s list below other options (updated week’s list).

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

9 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
On the role of the General Services Administration in the economic recovery.

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Hearings to examine veterans’ disability compensation, focusing on the appeals process.9:30 am – Senate Appropriations
Hearings to examine protecting residents of the Devils Lake region from rising water.

10:00 am – Senate Budget
Hearings to examine policies to address the crises in financial and housing markets.


  • The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner — Secretary, Department of the Treasury

10:00 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Business meeting to consider S.160, to provide the District of Columbia a voting seat and the State of Utah an additional seat in the House of Representatives, S.303, to reauthorize and improve the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999, S.69, to establish a fact-finding Commission to extend the study of a prior Commission to investigate and determine facts and circumstances surrounding the relocation, internment, and deportation to Axis countries of Latin Americans of Japanese descent from December 1941 through February 1948, and the impact of those actions by the United States, and to recommend appropriate remedies, and S.234, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2105 East Cook Street in Springfield, Illinois, as the "Colonel John H. Wilson, Jr. Post Office Building", an original resolution authorizing expenditures for committee operations, and committee’s rules of procedure for the 111th Congress.

10:00 am – Senate Judiciary
Hearings to examine the need for increased fraud enforcement in the wake of the economic downturn.


  • John S. Pistole, Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C.
  • The Honorable Neil M. Barofsky, Special Inspector General, Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Assets Relief Program, Washington, D.C.
  • Rita M. Glavin, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Hearing on Salmonella Contamination

10 am – House Appropriations
On the Air Force nuclear enterprise.

  • Michael Donley, Secretary of the Air Force
  • Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff, Air Force

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
On the recent salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter manufactured by the Peanut Corporation of America.

10 am – House Financial Services
On TARP accountability and markup of the committee oversight plan for the 111th Congress.

  • Lloyd Blankfein, CEO and Chairman, Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • James Dimon, CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Robert Kelly, Chairman and CEO, Bank of New York Mellon
  • Ken Lewis, Chairman and CEO, Bank of America
  • Ronald Logue, Chairman and CEO, State Street Corporation
  • John Mack, Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley
  • Vikram Pandit, CEO, Citigroup
  • John Stumpf, President and CEO, Wells Fargo & Co.

10 am – House Administration
On committee funding for the 111th Congress

10 am – House Natural Resources
On environmental and commercial perspectives to offshore drilling.

Panel 1:

  • Ted Danson, Board of Directors, Oceana
  • Mr. Philippe Cousteau, Ocean Conservancy

Panel 2:

  • Ms. Carolyn McCormick, Managing Director, Outer Banks (NC) Visitors Bureau
  • Mr. D.T. Minich, President, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Mr. Zeke Grader, Executive Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations
  • Mr. Bruce Allen, Co-Founder, Stop Oil Seeps California
  • Mr. Jefferson Angers, PresidentCenter for Coastal Conservation

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
On organizing the committee for the 111th Congress and markup of pending legislation.

10 am – House Science and Technology
On investing in research and innovation to reuse, reduce, and recycle electronic waste.

10 am – House Small Business
On the impact of competitive bidding on small businesses in the durable medical equipment community.

10 am – House Ways and Means
On the committee oversight plan and committee budget for the 111th Congress.

10:15 – House Education and Labor
Additionally, the Committee Oversight Plan will be considered.
Markup of H.R. 911 – Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act.

10:30 am – Senate Rules and Administration
Organizational business meeting

11 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Full Committee – Markup

11:30 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Organizational business meeting

1 pm – House Small Business
On the effectiveness of SBA’s business management and training programs in meeting the needs of entrepreneurs particularly during challenging economic times.

1:30 pm – House Appropriations
On contract services and acquisition management.

  • Gene Dodaro, Acting U.S. Comptroller General, GAO.

2 pm – House Judiciary
On trends, myths, and solutions to youth violence.

2 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Aviation Subc. On H.R. ___ – Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine foreign policy implications of the global economic crisis.

5 pm – House Rules
H. Res. ___ – Providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.

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