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Hearing List for week of Feb 2, 2009

February 2nd, 2009 by selise

last updated 2/6/09

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

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

1 pm – House Agriculture (cspan archive)
Hearing on reviewing derivatives legislation.

Panel 1:

  • Mr. Tom Buis, President, National Farmers Union, Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. John Damgard, President, Futures Industry Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. Michael Greenberger, Law School Professor, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mr. Michael A. Gooch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, GFI Group Inc., New York, New York
  • Mr. Sean Cota, President, Cota & Cota Inc., on behalf of Petroleum Marketers Association of America and New England Fuel Institute, Bellow Falls, Vermont
  • Mr. Terrance A. Duffy, Executive Chairman, CME Group Inc., Chicago, Illinois

Panel 2:

  • Mr. Daniel J. Roth, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Futures Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • Mr. Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program, Washington, D.C

2 pm – House Financial Services (cspan archive)
Hearing on promoting bank liquidity and lending through deposit insurance, and providing hope for homeowners.

Witnesses Panel 1:

  • Mr. John Bovenzi, Deputy to the Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Ms. Meg Burns, Director of the Office of Single Family Program Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Panel 2:

  • Mr. Edward L. Yingling, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Bankers Association
  • Mr. R. Michael S. Menzies, Sr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Easton Bank and Trust Company, on behalf of The Independent Community Bankers of America
  • Mr. John Taylor, President and Chief Executive, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • Mr. John A. Courson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Mr. Michael Calhoun, President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Responsible Lending
  • Mrs. Robin Staudt
  • Mr. Edward R. Morrison, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

5 pm – House Rules
S. 352 – To postpone the DTV transition date
H. Res. ___ – Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 2 – Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

9:30 am – House Financial Services
The Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises will hold a hearing entitled: "Assessing the Madoff Ponzi Scheme and Regulatory Failures".

Panel 1:

  • Mr. Harry Markopolos, an independent financial fraud investigator for institutional investors and others seeking forensic accounting expertise, as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Fraud Examiner

Panel 2:

  • Ms. Linda Thomsen, Director, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mr. Andrew J. Donohue, Director, Division of Investor Management, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mr. Erik Sirri, Director, Division of Trading and Markets, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mr. Andy Vollmer, Acting General Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Ms. Lori A. Richards, Director, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mr. Stephen Luparello, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

From CalculatedRisk: "Harry Markopolos will testify before Congress tomorrow regarding his many attempts to get the SEC to investigage Madoff." More at the link, including link to hundreds of pages of prepared testimony. h/t prostratedragon. For dialup readers, here is a rough text version (via OCR) of the prepared statement pdf.

10 am – House Budget
Hearing on Long-term Sustainability of Current Defense Plans


  • Stephen Daggett, Specialist in Defense Policy and Budgets, Congressional Research Service
  • J. Michael Gilmore, Assistant Director for National Security, Congressional Budget Office

10 am – House Appropriations
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subc. On military quality of life.

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Water Resources and Environment Subc. On approaches to sustainable infrastructure in wastewater treatment facilities.

10 am – House Small Business
Health Care Reform in a Struggling Economy: What is on the Horizon for Small Business?
The Committee will hear testimony from entrepreneurs and insurance providers to examine the challenges small businesses face in today’s economy to offer health care coverage and to discuss the role and impact of health reform on small firms.

10 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Briefing and hearing on "Roadmap from Poznan to Copenhagen – Preconditions for Success"


  • John Bruton, Delegation of the European Commission and Ambassador to the U.S
  • Elliot Diringer, Vice President of International Strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
  • Rob Bradley, Director of the International Climate Policy Initiative at the World Resources Institute
  • Karen Alderman Harbert, President and CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy

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


  • The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

10:30 am – House Agriculture
Hearing on reviewing derivatives legislation.

Panel 1:

  • Mr. Michael Masters, Partnership Financial Consulting, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mr. Johnathan Short, Vice President and General Counsel, IntercontinentalExchange, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mr. Gary W. Taylor, President, Cargill Cotton, on behalf of The National Cotton Council, American Cotton Shippers Association, and AMCOT, Cordova, Tennessee
  • Mr. Robert Pickel, Chief Executive Officer, International Swaps & Derivatives Association, New York, New York
  • The Honorable Joseph D. Morelle, Chair, New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Insurance, on behalf of National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), Troy, New York

Panel 2:

  • Mr. Chris Concannon. Executive Vice President, NASDAQ OMX, New York, New York
  • Mr. Bill Hale, Senior Vice President, Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain, on behalf of Cargill, Incorporated, Wayzata, Minnesota
  • Mr. Karl D. Cooper, Chief Regulatory Officer, NYSE Liffe, LLC, on behalf of NYSE Euronext, New York, New York
  • Mr. Paul N. Cicio, President, Industrial Energy Consumers of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. Mark C. Brickell, Chief Executive Officer, Blackbird Holdings, Inc., New York, New York

Panel 3:

  • Mr. Thomas Book, Member of the Executive Board, on behalf of Eurex Deutschland and Eurex Clearing AG, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Mr. Stuart Kaswell, General Counsel, Managed Funds Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. Edward J. Rosen, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, on behalf of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, New York, New York
  • Mr. Brent M. Weisenborn, Chief Executive Officer, Agora-X, LLC, Parkville, Missouri
  • Mr. Donald P. Fewer, Senior Managing Director, Standard Credit Group, LLC, New York, New York

11 am – House Foreign Affairs
U.S. Policy Toward Latin America in 2009 and Beyond


  • Mr. Sergio Bendixen, President, Bendixen & Associates
  • Cynthia McClintock, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Director, Latin America and Hemispheric Studies Program, The George Washington University
  • Mr. Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas
  • Ray Walser, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

11 am – House Judiciary
Hearing on: Midnight Rulemaking: Shedding Some Light

Panel 1:

  • Hon. Jerrold Nadler, U.S. House of Representatives, 8th District, NY

Panel 2:

  • Gary Bass, Executive Director, OMB Watch
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman, Waterkeeper Alliance
  • Lynn Rhinehart, Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO
  • Veronique de Rugy, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Michael Abramowicz, George Washington University Law School
  • Curtis Copeland, Ph.D., Specialist in American National Government – Government and Finance Division, Congressional Research Service

2 pm – House Financial Services
Markup hearing on "H.R. 786, to make permanent the temporary increase in deposit insurance coverage, H.R. 787, to make improvements in the Hope for Homeowners Program, H.R. 788, to provide a safe harbor for mortgage servicers who engage in specified mortgage loan modifications, and for other purposes".

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

2 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To receive a closed briefing on North Korea.

2:30 pm – House Armed Services
Hearing on Army and Marine Corps force protection programs.


  • Major General Robert P. Lennox, USA, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army
  • Brigadier General Peter N. Fuller, USA, Program Executive Officer, Soldier, Commanding General, Soldier Systems Center, U.S. Army
  • Mr. Kevin M. Fahey, Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support, U.S. Army
  • Brigadier General Michael Brogan, USMC, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, Program Executive Officer, MRAP Joint Program Office, U.S. Marine Corps

3 pm – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the United States financial regulatory system.


  • Honorable Paul A. Volcker , Chair of the President?s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, Former Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Mr. Gene L. Dodaro , Acting Comptroller General, United States Government Accountability Office

Thursday, February 5, 2009

(following the first roll call vote) – Senate Foreign Relations
Organizational meeting

9:30 am – Senate Judiciary
Nomination hearing:

  • David W. Ogden to be the Deputy Attorney General at the Justice Department

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine implementing best patient care practices.

10 am – Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
An oversight hearing to examine federal food safety relative to the peanut products recall.

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), focusing on oversight of the financial rescue package: "Pulling Back the TARP: Oversight of the Financial Rescue Program"


  • Mr. Gene L. Dodaro , Acting Comptroller General, United States Government Accountability Office
  • Mr. Neil M. Barofsky , Special Inspector General , Troubled Asset Relief Program
  • Professor Elizabeth Warren , Chair, Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program

11 am – Senate Indian Affairs
Organizational meeting to be followed by an oversight hearing to examine advancing Indian health care.

2 pm – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Organizational meeting

2:30 pm – Senate Intelligence
Nomination hearing:

  • Leon Panetta, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

4:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Closed hearings to examine Iran status report, focusing on nuclear and political issues.

Friday, February 6, 2009

10 am – Senate Intelligence
Continuation of nomination hearing:

  • Leon Panetta, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Hearings to examine veterans’ disability compensation, focusing on the appeals process.

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Hearing on Salmonella Contamination

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

Thursday, February 19, 2009

1 pm – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Overview of Coast Guard Drug and Migrant Interdiction

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
US Airways Flight 1549 Accident

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the semiannual monetary policy report to the Congress.


  • The Honorable Ben S. Bernanke , Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

2 pm – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Joint hearings to examine the legislative presentation of the Disabled American Veterans.

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