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Hearing List for week of Feb 9, 2009

February 9th, 2009 by selise

last updated 2/12/09

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.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Organizational meeting

10 am – Senate Budget
Key Issues and Budget Options for Health Reform

Witness:

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

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine renewable electricity standards proposal.

  • Dr. Ralph Izzo , Public Service Enterprise Group
  • Mr. Don Furman , Senior Vice President for Business Development, Transmission and Policy, Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.
  • The Honorable David Wright , Commissioner, Representing SEARUC
  • Mr. Scott Jones , Executive Vice President, Forest Landowners Association
  • Dr. Lester Lave , Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Nomination Hearings:

  • Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be Solicitor General of the United States, Department of Justice
  • Thomas John Perrelli, of Virginia, to be Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice.

1 pm – House Financial Services
Hearing: "An Examination of the Extraordinary Efforts by the Federal Reserve Bank to Provide Liquidity in the Current Financial Crisis:

Witness:

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

2:30 pm – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Business meeting to consider the nominations of Austan Dean Goolsbee, of Illinois, and Cecilia Elena Rouse, of California, both to be Members of the Council of Economic Advisers; and an original resolution authorizing expenditures for committee operations, committee’s rules of procedure for the 111th Congress, and subcommittee assignments; to be followed by an oversight hearing to examine the financial rescue program, focusing on a new plan for the Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Witness:

  • Honorable Timothy Geithner , Secretary, United States Department of the Treasury

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To receive a closed briefing on North Korea.

4:30 pm – House Rules
On S.22 – Omnibus Public Land Management Act.
* Cancelled

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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.

Witness:

  • 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.

Witnessew:

  • 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.

Witnesses
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.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

9:30 am – Senate Indian Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine matters relating to Indian affairs.

  • The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, United States Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
Organizational business meeting

9:30 am – Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Organizational business meeting

9:30 am – House Foreign Affairs
Gaza After the War: What Can Be Built on the Wreckage?

Witnesses

  • Mr. David Makovsky, Director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • Ziad J. Asali, M.D., President & Founder, The American Task Force on Palestine
  • Michele Dunne, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Ms. Danielle Pletka, Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

10:00 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine consumer protection in the financial regulatory system, focusing on strengthening credit card protections.

Witnesses:

  • Mr. Travis B. Plunkett , Legislative Director, Consumer Federation of America
  • Mr. James C. Sturdevant , Esq., The Sturdevant Law Firm
  • Mr. Kenneth J. Clayton , Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Card Policy Council, American Bankers Association
  • Mr. Lawrence M. Ausubel , Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
  • Mr. Todd Zywicki , Professor, George Mason University School of Law
  • Mr. Adam J. Levitin , Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

10:00 am – Senate Budget
Hearings to examine Senate procedures for consideration of the budget resolution/reconciliation.

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Arlen Specter — United States Senator
  • G. William Hoagland — Former Staff Director, Senate Budget Committee

10:00 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Organizational business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing expenditures for committee operations, and committee’s rules of procedure for the 111th Congress; followed by a nomination hearing:

  • Jane Lubchenco, of Oregon, to be Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, Department of Commerce
  • John P. Holdren, of Massachusetts, to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Department of Commerce

10:00 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program, authorized under Title 17 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and how the delivery of services to support the deployment of clean energy technologies might be improved.

Witnesses:

  • David Frantz , Director of Loan Guarantee Program, Department of Energy
  • The Honorable Andy Karsner , Distinguished Fellow, Council on Competitiveness
  • Kevin Book , Senior Vice President, Energy Policy, Oil & Alternative Energy , Friedman Billings Ramsey & Company, Inc.
  • James Asselstine , Managing Director, Barclays Capital

10:00 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
Organizational business meeting.

10:00 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine structuring national security and homeland security at the White House.

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge , Former Secretary , United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Frances Fragos Townsend , Former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • Christine E. Wormuth , Senior Fellow, International Security Program , Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • The Honorable James R. Locher III , Executive Director , Project on National Security Reform

10:00 am – Senate Judiciary
Organizational business meeting to consider subcommittee assignments.

10 am – House Education and Labor
Examining Workers’ Rights and Violence against Labor Union Leaders in Colombia

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
The Climate Crisis: National Security, Economic, and Public Health Threats

10 am – House Budget
Building a Foundation for Families: Fighting Hunger, Investing in Children

  • Sharon Parrott, Director of the Welfare Reform and Income Support Division, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Deborah A. Frank, M.D., Founder and Principal Investigator of the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program and the Growth and Development Program, Boston Medical Center
  • Leon Lott, Sheriff, Richland County, South Carolina
  • Douglas J. Besharov, Senior Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

10 am – House Natural Resources
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 493: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to promulgate regulations concerning the storage and disposal of matter referred to as ‘other wastes’ in the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, and for other purposes. Coal Ash Reclamation, Environment, and Safety Act of 2009"

Witnesses:

  • Mr. John R. Craynon, Chief, Division of Regulatory Support, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of the Interior
  • Ms. Sandy Gruzesky, Director, Division of Water, Department for Environmental Protection, State of Kentucky
  • Mr. Tom FitzGerald, Director, Kentucky Resources Council
  • Mr. Davitt McAteer, Vice President for Sponsored Programs, CEO of the Center for Educational Technologies & National Technology Transfer Center, Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Mr. Nick Akins, Executive Vice President for Generation, American Electric Power Service Corporation

10 am – House Science and Technology
An Overview of Transportation R&D: Priorities for Reauthorization

10 am – House Appropriations On Army contracting.

Witness:

  • Ross Thompson, Military Deputy to Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics & Technology.

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
On U.S. efforts to train and equip the Afghan army and police.

10:30 am – House Armed Services
On Addressing U.S. Strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan: Balancing Interests and Resources.

Witnesses:

  • Anthony Cordesman, Ph.D.
  • Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Stephen Biddle, Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • General Jack Keane (ret.), Former Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army
  • Janet St. Laurent, Managing Director, Defense Capabilities and Management Team, Government Accountability Office

11 am – House Judiciary
Hearing on: Libel Tourism

Witness List
Panel 1:

  • Hon. Peter King, U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District, NY

Panel 2:

  • Rachel Ehrenfeld, Ph.D., American Center for Democracy
  • Bruce D. Brown, Esq., Baker Hostetler
  • Laura R. Handman, Esq.
  • Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
  • Linda J. Silberman, New York University School of Law

1 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Smart Power: Remaking U.S. Foreign Policy in North Korea

Witnesses
Panel 1:

  • Mr. Selig S. Harrison, Asia Director, The Center for International Policy

Panel 2:

  • The Honorable Charles L. Pritchard, President, Korea Economic Institute, (Former Ambassador and Special Envoy for Negotiations with North Korea)
  • Victor Cha, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of Asian Studies and D.S. Song-Korea, Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, Georgetown University

Panel 3:

  • Mr. Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia, The Heritage Foundation
  • Mr. Scott Snyder, Senior Associate, International Relations, The Asia Foundation
  • Mr. Peter Beck, Adjunct Professor, American University

1 pm – House Agriculture
Business Meeting to consider H.R. ____, the Derivatives Markets Transparency and Accountability Act of 2009

1 pm – House Armed Services
The Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on Strategies for Countering Violent Extremist Ideologies.

Witnesses:

  • Mr. Raymond Ibrahim, Associate Director, Middle East Forum and author of The Al Qaeda Reader
  • Dr. Michael Doran, Visiting Professor, Wagner School of Public Service, New York University and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Support for Public Diplomacy)

2:00 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine United States relations with Sudan.

2:30 pm – Senate Intelligence
Hearings to examine the world threat.

2:30 pm – House Education and Labor
New Innovations and Best Practices Under the Workforce Investment Act

Witnesses:

  • Ms. Bonnie Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Solutions, Inc, Lower Rio Grande Valley, McAllen, TX
  • Mr. Morton Bahr, President Emeritus, Communications Workers of America, National Commission on Adult Literacy, Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. Stephen Wooderson, State Administrator, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Des Moines, IA
  • Mr. Bill Camp, Executive Secretary, Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Sacramento, CA
  • Ms. Karen R. Elzey, Vice-President and Executive Director, Institute for a Competitive Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC
  • Ms. Sherry L. Johnson, Associate Director, Lincoln Trail Area Development District, Elizabethtown, KY

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

11:30 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Full Committee Field Hearing – Healthy Howard : Improving Care Through Innovation

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.

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"

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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

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

Thursday, February 26, 2009

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

Thursday, March 5, 2009

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

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.

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