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Hearing List for Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 4th, 2009 by selise

This morning is Leahy’s hearing, “Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry" and this afternoon Dean Baker will be testifying before the House Financial Services committee on whether TARP is helping the American public. Also, Geithner and Orszag will be back for another day of testimony. For a look ahead to future hearings, including next week’s, see the current weekly list. 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 Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Hearings to examine improving nutrition for America’s children in difficult economic times.

Panel 1: Improving Nutrition Through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

  • Dr. Katie Wilson, School Nutrition Director, Onalaska Public Schools, Onalaska, WI
  • Dr. Susan Bartlett, Senior Researcher, Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA
  • Mrs. Connie Boldt, School Food Director, Knoxville Community School District, Knoxville, IA

Panel 2: Improving Nutrition for Children When They’re Not in School

  • Dr. David Paige, Professor, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, MD
  • Mr. Kenneth Hecht, Executive Director, California Food Policy Advocates, Oakland, CA
  • Ms. Lucy Nolan, Executive Director, End Hunger Connecticut, Hartford, CT

9:30 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
On the current efforts of developing nations to fight climate change and what this means for the climate negotiations in Copenhagen at the end of 2009.

  • Mr. Carter Roberts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  • Ms. Barbara Finamore, China Programme Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Mr. Ned Helme, Presiden, Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)
  • Mr. Lee Lane, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Markup of pending legislation relating to the protection of public health.

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee
On understanding a complex threat environment in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • Mr. Peter Bergen, Schwartz Senior Fellow at New America Foundation and author of The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al Qaeda’s Leader (2006) as well as Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden (2001)
  • Mr. Joshua T. White, Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement and Ph.D. Candidate at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies
  • Paul R. Pillar, Ph.D., Visiting Professor and Director of Studies, Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, and former National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia.

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee
Markup of H.R. ___ – Water Quality Investment Act.

10 am – Senate Finance
Hearings to examine the President’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2010.


  • Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury, Washington, DC

10 am – Senate Aging
Hearings to examine health reform in an aging America.

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

10 am – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Where Were the Watchdogs? Systemic Risk and the Breakdown of Financial Governance


  • Robert E. Litan, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Damon A. Silvers, Deputy Chair, Congressional Oversight Panel; Associate General Counsel, The American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • Robert C. Pozen, Chairman, MFS Investment Management

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


  • Thomas Pickering, Vice Chairman, Hills & Company, International Consultants, Washington, D.C.
  • Retired Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, President, Institute of Public Research at The CNA Corporation, Arlington, VA
  • John Farmer, Partner, Arsenault, Whipple, Farmer, Fasset and Azzarello, L.L.P., Chatham, NJ
  • Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr., Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law, New York, NY
  • David B. Rivkin, Jr., Baker & Hostetler, L.L.P., Washington, D.C.
  • Jeremy Rabkin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA

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

1 pm – House Small Business
On the state of the renewable fuels industry in the current economy.

1 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Economic Opportunity Subcommittee
On pending legislation.

2 pm – House Ways and Means
On an overview of the President’s FY 2010 budget.Peter Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget.

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

2 pm – House Homeland Security
On the role of state and local law enforcement in immigration law.

2 pm – House Appropriations
Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee
On the place of science in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the overall science enterprise.

2 pm – House Appropriations
Energy and Water Subcommittee
On oversight of project management by the Department of Energy.

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.

2:30 pm – House Financial Services
Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee
On whether TARP is helping the American public.

  • David S. Scharfstein, PhD, Edmund Cogswell Converse Professor of Finance and Banking, Harvard Business School
  • Dean Baker, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy
  • Robert W. Davenport, President, The National Development Council
  • C. R. Cloutier, President and CEO, MidSouth Bank, NA, on behalf of Independent Bankers of America
    Bert Ely, Principal, Ely & Company
  • Joseph Zucchero, Owner, Mr. Beef Deli

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