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Hearing List for Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March 3rd, 2009 by selise

Bernanke, Geitherner and Orszag are all testifying before Congress today. 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.

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

9:30 am – House Appropriations
Interior Subcommittee
On the Department of Interior oversight efforts.


  • Robin M. Nazzaro Director, Natural Resources & Environment, GAO
  • Mary Kendall Deputy Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Frank Rusco Director, Natural Resources & Environment, GAO

10 am – House Appropriations
Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee
On an overview of science funding.


  • Ralph Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences

10 am – House Appropriations
Defense Subcommittee
On Defense Department health programs focusing on psychological health and traumatic brain injury problems.


  • Ms. Ellen Embrey Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection
  • General Loree Sutton Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

10 am – House Appropriations
Homeland Security Subcommittee
On health services for detainees in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody.


  • Dora Schirio, Special Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Jim Hayes Director, Office of Detention & Removal Operations, U.S. ICE
  • Capt. José Rodriguez Director, Division of Immigrant Health Services, U.S. ICE
  • Alicia Puente Cackley Director, Health Care, GAO

10 am – House Armed Services
Military Personnel Subcommittee
On an overview of recruiting, retention and end strength.

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


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

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


  • 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

10 am – House Homeland Security
Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response Subcommittee
On FEMA’s Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts.


  • David Garratt, Acting Deputy Administrator, FEMA’s Disaster Assistance Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
  • James Walke, Acting Assistant Administrator, FEMA’s Disaster Assistance Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
  • Stanley J. Czerwinski, Director, Strategic Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Lyda Ann Thomas, Mayor, Galveston, Texas
  • Amy Liu, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

10 am – House Veterans’ Affairs
Health Subcommittee
On H.R. 784 – To amend Title 38, U.S. Code, to direct the secretary of Veteran’s Affairs to submit to Congress quarterly reports on vacancies in mental health professional positions in Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, and
H.R. 785 – To direct the secretary of Veteran Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide outreach and training to certain college and university mental health centers relating to the mental health of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

10 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine consumer protections in financial services.


  • Steve Bartlett, President and CEO, Financial Services Roundtable
  • Ellen Seidman, Senior Fellow of New America Foundation, Executive Vice President of ShoreBank Corporation
  • Patricia A. McCoy, George J. & Helen M. England Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

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


  • Peter Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget

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


  • Timothy Geithner, Secretary, Department of the Treasury

1 pm – House Armed Services
Readiness Subcommittee
On Department of Defense fuel demand management at forward-deployed locations and operational energy initiatives.

1:30 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee
On document tampering and mishandling at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

2 pm – House Natural Resources
National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee
On the role of federal lands in combating climate change.

2 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Western Hemisphere Subcommittee
On U.S.-Bolivia relations.

  • The Honorable Peter DeShazo, Director, Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Ms. Kathryn Ledebur, Director, Andean Information Network
  • Mr. Ivan Rebolledo, President, Bolivian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
  • Mr. Marcos Iberkleid, Chief Executive Officer, Ametex, America Textil S.A.
  • Jaime Daremblum, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Hudson Institute

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"

2 pm – House Appropriations
Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee
On the place of NASA science in the overall science enterprise.


  • Lenard Fisk, University of Michigan, Former NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science and Applications.
  • Dr. Samuel M. Rankin, III Associate Executive Director, American Mathematical, Society

3:30 pm – House Armed Services
Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee
On challenges and opportunities for the Special Operations Forces.

5 pm – House Rules
On H.R. 157 – District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act, and
H.R. 1241 – To increase the penalty for failure to file a partnership or S corporation return.

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