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Hearing List for week of Feb 23, 2009

February 23rd, 2009 by selise

last updated 2/26/09

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.

Monday, February 23, 2009

2:00 pm – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine principle of integrative health, focusing on a path to health care reform.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

9 am – House Armed Services
On the acquisition and disposal of military lands.

9:30 am – House Appropriations
Interior Subcommittee
On the possible move of the U.S. Forest Service to the Department of Interior.

9:30 am – House Energy & Commerce
On how energy efficiency policies can complement climate change efforts.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine addressing underinsurance in national health reform.

10 am – House Energy & Commerce
On reauthorization of H.R.___ – Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act.

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

Witnesses:

  • Chesley Sullenberger III, Captain, Flight 1549, USAirways
  • Jeffrey Skiles, First Officer, Flight 1549, USAirways
  • Sheila Dail, Flight Attendant, Flight 1549, USAirways
  • Doreen Welsh, Flight Attendant, Flight 1549, USAirways
  • Donna Dent, Flight Attendant, Flight 1549, USAirways
  • Patrick Harten, Air Traffic Control Specialist, New York Terminal Radar Approach Control

10 am – House Science & Technology
On the monitoring, reporting, and verifying of greenhouse has emissions.

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

Witness:

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

10 am – House Natural Resources
Hearing: "Offshore Drilling: State Perspectives"

10:30 am – House Education & Labor
On efforts to strengthen worker retirement security.

Witnesses:

  • Dean Baker, Co-director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • John C. Bogle, Founder, Vanguard Group
  • Alicia Munnell, Director, Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research
  • Paul Schott Stevens, President and CEO, Investment Company Institute

1 pm – House Appropriations
Energy and Water Subcommittee
On oversight of the Army Corp of Engineers.

Witness:

  • Van Antwerp, Commanding General, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and U.S. Army Chief of Engineers.

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

2 pm – House Financial Services
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation will hold a hearing entitled: "A Review of TARP Oversight, Accountability and Transparency for U.S. Taxpayers".

Witnesses:

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

2 pm – House Rules
H. R. 1105- Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009

2 pm - House Ways & Means
On organizing the subcommittee for the 111th Congress.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
Hearings to examine recent developments in Sri Lanka.

2:30 pm – Senate Judiciary
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Hearings to examine the Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, focusing on consumers and the concert business.

2:30 pm – House Financial Services
The Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunityn will hold a hearing entitled: "Loan Modifications: Are Mortgage Servicers Assisting Borrowers with Unaffordable Mortgages".

Witnesses
Panel 1:

  • Mr. Vance Morris, Director for Single Family Asset Management, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ms. Grovetta Gardineer, Managing Director, Corporate and International Activities, Office of Thrift Supervision
  • Mr. Joseph H. Evers, Deputy Comptroller for Large Bank Supervision, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Mr. Patrick J. Lawler, Chief Economist, Federal Housing Finance Agency

Panel 2:

  • Mr. William C. Erbey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ocwen Financial Corporation
  • Ms. Mary Coffin, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Servicing
  • Mr. Michael Gross, Managing Director for Loss Mitigation, Bank of America
  • Ms. Molly Sheehan, Senior Vice President, Chase Home Lending, JP Morgan Chase
  • Mr. Steve Hemperly, Executive Vice President, Mortgage Default Servicing, Citigroup

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

9 am – House Intelligence
On current worldwide security threats.

Witness:

  • Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence

9:30 am – House Energy Independence & Global Warming
On updating the nation’s energy grid with technology solutions that improve efficiency, save consumers money and create new jobs.

10 am – House Science & Technology
On the impacts of U.S. export control policies on science and technology activities and competitiveness.

Witnesses:

  • Lt. General Brent Scowcroft (USAF, Ret.)
  • Mr. A. Thomas Young
  • Professor Claude Canizares

10 am – House Transportation & Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
Post-Katrina Disaster Response and Recovery: Evaluating FEMA’s Continuing Efforts in the Gulf Coast and Response to Recent Disasters

Witness:

  • David Garratt, Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency

10 am – House Ways & Means
On scientific objectives that climate change legislation should seek to achieve.

Witnesses

  • Dr. James Hansen, Adjunct Professor, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York, New York
  • Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Dr. John Christy, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama

10 am – House Financial Services
Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy

  • Ben Bernanke, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

10 am – House Foreign Affairs
From Competition to Collaboration: Strengthening the U.S.-Russia Relationship

10 am – House Homeland Security
On the future of the Department of Homeland Security.

Witness:

  • Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security.

10 am – House Judiciary
On copyright licensing in a digital age focusing on competition, compensation and the need to update the cable and satellite TV licenses.

Witnesses:

  • Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyright, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Fritz Attaway, Executive Vice President, MPAA
  • Bob Gabrielli, Senior Vice President, DIRECTV
  • Irving Bradley, Jr., Internet and Telecommunications Counsel, Consumers Union
  • Kyle McSlarrow, President and CEO, NCTA
  • David Rehr, President and CEO, NAB

10 am - House Natural Resources
Full Committee Oversight Hearing: "Offshore Drilling: Industrial Perspectives"

Witnesses:

  • Marvin E. Odum, President, Shell Oil Company
  • Lamar McKay, Chairman and President, BP America, Inc.
  • Larry Nichols, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Devon Energy Corporation
  • Tim Cejka, President, ExxonMobil Exploration Company
  • Gary Luquette, President, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company
  • Karen A. Harbert, President & CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

10 am – House Education & Labor
Renewing America through National Service and Volunteerism

Witnesses:

  • Usher Raymond IV, Recording Artist and Chairman, Usher’s New Look Foundation
  • James Harris, Youth Participant, Usher’s New Look Foundation
  • Richard Stengel, Managing Editor, TIME Magazine
  • Van Jones, Founder and President, Green for All
  • Cheryl L. Dorsey, President, Echoing Green
  • The Honorable Harris Wofford, former US Senator (D-PA)

10 am – House Armed Services
The Joint Air and Land Forces and Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittees will meet to receive testimony on U.S. Transportation Command’s (USTRANSCOM) airlift, sealift, and surface lift programs.

Witness:

  • General Duncan J. McNabb, USAF, U.S. Transportation Command

10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs
Document Tampering and Mishandling at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

10:00 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
Hearings to examine an update on the latest global warming science.

  • R.K. Pachauri PhD, Chairman, United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Christopher Field PhD, Director, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University Co-chair of Working Group II (Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability [including North America]), United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Howard Frumkin MD, MPH, DrPH, Director, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Director, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • William Happer PhD, Professor of Physics, Princeton University

10:00 am – Senate Finance
Hearings to examine scoring health care reform, focusing on Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) budget options.

Witness:

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

10:00 am – Senate Judiciary
Hearings to examine ensuring television carriage in the digital age.

10:30 am – Senate Aging
Business meeting to consider committee’s rules of procedure for the 111th Congress; to be followed by a hearing to examine securing retirement in a volatile economy.

1 pm – House Small Business
On the challenges small business face funding and maintaining retirement plans in a struggling economy.

1 pm – House Appropriations
State, Foreign Ops Subcommittee
Building a 21st Century Workforce

Witnesses:

  • Thomas Pickering, former Ambassador
  • Prudence Bushnell, former Ambassador
  • Edward Perkins, former Ambassador
  • Jim Kunder, former United States Agency for International Development

1 pm – House Armed Services
The Strategic Forces Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on the future of missile defense testing.

2 pm – House Judiciary
Markup of H.R. 157 – District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act, H.R. 1110 – PHONE Act, H.R. 628 – To establish a pilot program in certain U.S. district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges, and H.R. 1107 – To enact certain laws relating to public contracts as Title 41, United States Code, “Public Contracts”.

2 pm – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife
On H.R. 860 – Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments, and H.R. 934 – A bill to convey certain submerged lands to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in order to give that territory the same benefits in its submerged lands as Guam, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa have in their submerged lands.

Witnesses:
Panel 1

  • The Honorable Felix P. Camacho, Governor of Guam
  • The Honorable Togiola T.A. Tulafono, Governor of American Samoa
  • The Honorable Benigno R. Fitial, Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Panel 2

  • Kacky Andrews, Director, Coral Reef Conservation Program, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Nikolao Pula, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Evangeline D. Lujan, Chairperson, U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee
  • Ken Caldeira, Ph.D., Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • Paul Dalzell, Senior Scientist, Western Pacific Fishery Regional Management Council

2:00 pm – Senate Judiciary
Nomination Hearing:

  • David S. Kris, of Maryland to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice
  • Dawn Elizabeth Johnsen, of Indiana to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice

2:30 pm – Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Nomination Hearing:

  • Gary Gensler, of Maryland, to be Chairman and Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

3 pm – House Armed Services
The Military Personnel Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on beneficiary and advocacy views.

Witnesses:

  • Colonel Peter J. Duffy, USA, (Ret.), Deputy Legislative Director, National Guard Association of the United States
  • Master Sergeant Michael P. Cline, USA, (Ret.), Executive Director, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the US
  • Ms. Kathleen B. Moakler, Director, Government Relations, National Military Family Association
  • Colonel Steve Strobridge, USAF, (Ret.), Director, Government Relations, Military Officers Association of America
  • Ms. Margaret McCloud, Member, Gold Star Wives
  • Mr. F. Jed Becker, Chairman, Armed Forces Marketing Council
  • Ms. Perri Brackett, Chairwoman, American Logistics Association

4 pm – House Rules
H. R. 1106- Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
Hearings to examine strategic options for the way ahead in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

9:30 am - House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
Renewable Energy: Complementary Policies for Climate Legislation

10 am – House Financial Services
Hearing on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy"

Witnesses:

  • Dr. James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Alan S. Blinder, Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Center for Economic Policy Studies, Princeton University
  • Dr. John B. Taylor, Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics and Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee On Energy And Mineral Resources
Legislative Hearing H.R. 699 – Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing on How Convicts and Con Artists Receive New Federal Contracts

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection
Revisiting the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976

10 am – House Education & Labor
Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness Subcommittee Hearing
New Innovations and Best Practices Under the Workforce Investment Act

10 am – House Appropriations
Homeland Security Subcommittee
Disaster Response: Is FEMA up to the Challenge?

10 am – House Appropriations
Defense Subcommittee
Outsourcing

Witness:

  • Dr. Gordon S. Heddell, Acting IG of the DOD

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy
Hearing on: Competition in the Ticketing and Promotion Industry

10 am – House Science & Technology
Beyond the Classroom: Informal STEM Education

10 am – House Ways & Means
Hearing on IRS Assistance for Taxpayers Experiencing Economic Difficulties

Witnesses:

  • Linda E. Stiff, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service
  • Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service

10:00 am – Senate Indian Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine youth suicide in Indian country.

10:00 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the Administration’s Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan.

Witness:

  • Honorable Shaun Donovan , Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

10:00 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
The Committee will examine Consumer Protection and the Credit Crisis and enforcement against fraudulent credit repair schemes under the Credit Repair Organization Act (CROA). Specifically, the Committee will examine consumer protection in credit counseling, debt management, and foreclosure rescue programs and fraud. The Committee will also examine oversight of the federal authorities, protecting distressed consumers from mortgage fraud scams, and steering families away from these fraudulent schemes toward a path of financial stability.

Witnesses
Panel 1:

  • The Honorable Pamela Jones Harbour, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Panel 2:

  • Mr. Prentiss Cox, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Mr. Travis Plunkett, Legislative Director, Consumer Federation of America
  • Mrs. Nancy Dix, Consumer
  • Mr. Bill Himpler, Executive Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, American Financial Services Association

10:00 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine integrative care, focusing on a pathway to a healthier nation

10:00 am – Senate Judiciary
Organizational Business meeting to consider committee’s rules of procedure for the 111th Congress; S.386, to improve enforcement of mortgage fraud, securities fraud, financial institution fraud, and other frauds related to federal assistance and relief programs, for the recovery of funds lost to these frauds, S.49, to help Federal prosecutors and investigators combat public corruption by strengthening and clarifying the law, S.146, to amend the Federal antitrust laws to provide expanded coverage and to eliminate exemptions from such laws that are contrary to the public interest with respect to railroads, and the nominations of David W. Ogden, of Virginia, to be Deputy Attorney General, Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be Solicitor General of the United States, and Thomas John Perrelli, of Virginia, to be Associate Attorney General, all of the Department of Justice.

10:00 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine caring for veterans in rural areas.

10:00 am – Senate Joint Economic Committee
Hearings to examine restoring the economy, focusing on strategy for short-term and long-term change.

Witnesses
Panel 1:

  • Paul Volcker, Chairman, President’s Economic Advisory Board

Panel 2:

  • Roger C. Altman, Chairman and CEO, Evercore Partners, Inc.
  • Adam Posen, Deputy Director, Peterson Institute for International

11 am – House Foreign Affairs
Building a Strategic Partnership: U.S.-India Relations in the Wake of Mumbai

1 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
VA’s Update on Short and Long-Term Strategies for Implementing New G.I. Bill Requirements

2:30 pm – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine recommendations for reducing energy consumption in buildings through improved implementation of authorized Department of Energy (DOE) programs and through other innovative federal energy efficiency policies and programs.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine engaging with Muslim communities around the world.

Witnesses
Panel 1:

  • The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State, Washington, DC
  • Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (ret.), Former Commander of U.S. Central Command, Cambridge, MA

Panel 2:

  • Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, Washington, DC
  • Eboo Patel, Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core, Chicago, IL
  • Zeyno Baran, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington, DC

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia
Hearings to examine protecting public and animal health, focusing on homeland security and the federal veterinarian workforce.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
Hearings to examine acquisition of major weapons systems by the Department of Defense.

10:00 am – Senate Budget
Hearings to examine economic and budget challenges for the short and long term.

10:00 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
An oversight hearing to examine the progress on smart grid initiatives authorized in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and funded in the stimulus bill, and opportunities and impediments in installation of smart grid technologies.

10:00 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine Iranian political and nuclear realities and United States policy options.

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Frank G. Wisner, II, Former U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines, and India, New York, NY
  • The Honorable Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY
  • Mr. Mark Fitzpatrick, Senior Fellow for Non-Proliferation, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Karim Sadjadpour, Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC

10 am – House Education & Labor
Workforce Protections Subcommittee Hearing
Encouraging Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

10 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on: Circuit City Unplugged: Why Did Chapter 11 Fail to Save 34,000 Jobs?

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife
Oversight Hearing on "Managing Our Ocean and Wildlife Resources in a Dynamic Environment: Priorities for the New Administration and the 111th Congress"

10 am – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1018, H.R. 715, and H.R. 409

11 am – House Budget
The President’s Fiscal Year 2010 Budget

Witness:

  • The Honorable Peter Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget

12:30 pm – House Ways & Means
Hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Overview

2 pm – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
Oversight Hearing on "The Role of Federal Lands in Combating Climate Change"

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

?? – House Science & Technology
21st Century Water Planning: The Importance of a Coordinated Federal Approach

10:00 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine systemic risk and breakdown of financial governance.

10 am – House Judiciary
Hearing on: H.R. 848, the "Performance Rights Act"

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Hearing on “Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry"

10:30 am – Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Hearings to examine improving nutrition for America’s children in difficult economic times.

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Investigations
Hearings to examine tax haven banks and United States tax compliance, focusing on obtaining names of United States clients with Swiss Accounts.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

?? – House Science & Technology
Cost Management Issues in NASA’s Acquisitions and Programs

9:30 am - Senate Energy and Natural Resources
An oversight hearing to examine future directions of energy research and development, and to identify key scientific and technological hurdles to overcome to pursue these new directions.

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs and House Veterans’ Affairs
Joint hearings to examine the legislative presentations of veterans’ service organizations PVA, BVA, JWV, WWP, IAVA, Ex-POWs, GSW

10 am – House Budget
Treasury Department Fiscal Year 2010 Budget

Witness:

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

10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs and Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Joint hearings to examine legislative presentations of veterans’ service organizations.

10:00 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Follow the Money: Transparency and Accountability for Recovery and Reinvestment Spending

10:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine United States strategy regarding Iran

Witnesses:

  • Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, CSIS Counselor and Trustee, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC
  • General Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), President, The Scowcroft Group, Washington, DC

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine budget for veterans programs for fiscal year 2010.

2 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2010

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

10 am House Transportation & Infrastructure
Overview of Coast Guard Drug and Migrant Interdiction

Thursday, March 12, 2009

10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs and Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Joint hearings to examine legislative presentations of veterans’ service organizations.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

9:30 am – House Veterans’ Affairs and Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Joint hearings to examine the legislative presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

10 am – House Transportation & Infrastructure
ATC Modernizaiton and NextGen: Near-Term Achievable Goals

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

10 am – House Transportation & Infrastructure
Overview of Coast Guard Acquisition Policies and Programs

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