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Hearing List for Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March 10th, 2009 by selise

Today’s hearings include Shinseki on the Veterans Affairs budget, DNI Blair on national security and Orszag on the administration’s FY 2010 health care proposals. 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.

Also, for most Senate hearing rooms, there is a live audio feed provided by CSPAN. Although the feeds are not always activated, when they are it’s a great alternative link especially for dial up. Check the room number of the hearing in the list below and then click the room’s audio realplayer link on the list of links I’ve compiled.

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs – room SR-418
An oversight hearing to examine budget for veterans programs for fiscal year 2010.

Witnesses
Panel 1:

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

Panel 2:

  • Carl Blake, National Legislative Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Kerry Baker, Assistant National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans
  • Raymond C. Kelley, National Legislative Director, AMVETS
  • Dennis Cullinan, National Legislative Director, Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Steve Robertson, Director, National Legislative Commission, The American Legion
  • Rick Weidman, Director of Government Relations, Vietnam Veterans of America

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services – room SH-216
Hearings to examine current and future threats to the national security of the United States.

Witnesses:

  • Honorable Dennis C. Blair, Director of National Intelligence
  • Lieutenant General Michael D. Maples, USA, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

9:30 am – House Energy and Commerce
Energy and Environment Subcommittee
On the future of coal under climate legislation.

Witnesses:

  • David Hawkins, Director, Climate Center, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy Inc.
  • Ian Duncan, Ph.D., Associate Director for Earth and Environmental Systems, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Frank Alix, CEO, Powerspan Corp.
  • Harold P. Quinn, Jr., President and CEO, National Mining Association
  • Lindene Patton, Climate Product Officer, Zurich Financial Services Group

10 am – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe – room SR-428A
Hearings to examine the impact of potential climate remediation policies on carbon-intensive United States industries and creating climate-friendly economic and trade polices, focusing on how the financial crisis impacts the implementation of climate-friendly policies within the United States and among trading partners.

  • Mr. Robert Bradley, Director of International Climate Policy, World Resources Institute
  • Mr. Trevor Houser, Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Mr. Richard D. Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

10 am – Senate Finance – room SD-215
The President’s Fiscal Year 2010 Health Care Proposals.

Witness:

  • Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC.

10 am – House Financial Services
"Exploring the Balance between Increased Credit Availability and Prudent Lending Standards"

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources – room SD-366
Hearings to examine proposed legislation to provide for the conduct of an in-depth analysis of the impact of energy development and production on the water resources of the United States.

10 am – Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hearings to examine the impact of potential climate remediation policies on carbon-intensive United States industries and creating climate-friendly economic and trade polices, focusing on how the financial crisis impacts the implementation of climate-friendly policies within the United States and among trading partners.

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – room SD-106
Rebuilding Economic Security: Empowering Workers to Restore the Middle Class

10 am – Senate Judiciary – room SD-226
“Patent Reform in the 111th Congress: Legislation and Recent Court Decisions”

Witnesses:

  • Steven R. Appleton, Chairman and CEO, Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, ID
  • Philip S. Johnson, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
  • David J. Kappos, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law and Strategy, International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY
  • Taraneh Maghame, Vice President, Tessera, Inc., San Jose, CA
  • Herbert C. Wamsley, Executive Director, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Washington, DC
  • Mark A. Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA

10:30 am – House Education and Labor
Strengthening Employer-Based Health Care

10 am – House Appropriations
Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee
On part one of major challenges facing federal prisons.

  • Harley Lappin, Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons.

10 am – House Appropriations
Defense Subcommittee
On Marine Corps ground equipment.

  • George Flynn, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, Marine Corps.

10 am – House Appropriations
Homeland Security Subcommittee
On secure border initiatives and control of the land border.

10 am – House Appropriations
State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee
On the Merida Initiative, which provides financial aid to Mexico.

10 am – House Armed Services
Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee
On an update of the Littoral Combat Ship Program.

10 am – House Appropriations
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Subcommittee
On management challenges to the Department of Transportation.

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Health Subcommittee
On designing a high performance healthcare system to work for American families.

Witnesses:

  • Doug Elmendorf, Director, Congressional Budget Office
  • Glenn Hackbarth, Chairman, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
  • Jack C. Ebeler, Vice Chair, Committee on Health Insurance Status and Its Consequences, Institute of Medicine
  • Alan Levine, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
  • Atul Gawande, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor at the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health
  • M. Todd Williamson, M.D., President, Medical Association of Georgia

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

  • Billy Corgan, Vocalist and Lead Guitarist, The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Mitch Bainwol, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Recording Industry Artist Association
  • Paul Almeida, President, Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO
  • W. Lawrence Patrick, President, Patrick Communications
  • Stan Liebowitz, Ph.D., Ashbel Smith Distinguished Professor of Managerial Economics, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Steve Newberry, Chariman of the Radio Board, National Association of Broadcasters

10 am – House Science and Technology
Technology and Innovation Subcommittee
On the role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in strengthening forensic science in the U.S.

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee
On the reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration.

10:30 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – room SD-538
Hearings to examine enhancing investor protection and the regulation of securities markets.

Witnesses:

  • John Coffee , Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Lynn E. Turner , Former Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Timothy Ryan , President and CEO, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
  • Paul Schott Stevens , President and CEO, Investment Company Institute
  • Mercer Bullard , Associate Professor and President, University of Mississippi School of Law and Fund Democracy
  • Robert Pickel , Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, International Swaps and Derivatives Association
  • Damon A. Silvers , Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO
  • Thomas G. Doe , CEO, Municipal Market Advisors

11:30 am – House Appropriations
Homeland Security Subcommittee
On the Department of Homeland Security’s response to violence on the U.S.-Mexico border.

12:30 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Full Committee. Markup of H.R. ___ – Electronic Message Preservation Act, H.R. 1320 – Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments, H.R. 1323 – Reducing Information Control Designations Act

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

Witness:

  • Eric Shinseki, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs

2 pm – House Appropriations
Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee
On part two of major challenges facing federal prisons.

  • Phil Glover, National Legislative Director, American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prison Locals
  • Bryan Lowry, President, American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prison Locals

2 pm – House Homeland Security
Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subcommittee
On reviewing the federal cybersecurity mission.

2 pm – House Judiciary
Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee
On barriers to timely state compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

2 pm – House Natural Resources
Water and Power Subcommittee
On the federal power marketing administration borrowing authority.

2:15 pm – Senate Judiciary – room SD-226
Nomination hearing:

  • Lanny A. Breuer to be an Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice
  • Christine Anne Varney to be Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice
  • Tony West to be Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, Department of Justice

2:30 pm – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – room SD-430
The Next Generation of National Service.

2:30 pm – Senate Budget – room SD-608
The President’s Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Proposal

  • Peter R. Orszag — Director, Office of Management and Budget

2:30 pm – Senate Intelligence
– room SD-106
Nomination Hearing:

  • David S. Kris, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General

3 pm – House Appropriations
Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee
On approaches to offender drug abuse treatment programs.

3 pm – House Armed Services
Strategic Forces Subcommittee
On space and U.S. security.

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