by Countable | 11.13.17
Before bills and nominations are brought up for a passage vote in Congress, they typically have to be considered and approved by relevant committees. Here’s a look at what Congressional committees will be holding hearings on this week.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Rules: Structuring debate around two bills expected on the House floor Tuesday― 5pm:
House Administration: Hearing on preventing sexual harassment in the Congressional workplace ― 10am.
Oversight & Government Reform: Joint hearing for two subcommittees titled "Regulatory Reform Task Forces Check-In: Part II" ― 10am.
Science, Space, and Technology
Energy and Commerce: Hearing on the response and recovery to environmental concerns from the 2017 hurricane season ― 10am.
Oversight & Government Reform: Hearing on recommendations and reforms from the Inspectors General ― 10am.
Foreign Affairs: Markup hearing for nine bills ― 10am:
H.Res. 336: Reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Mexico partnership
H.Res. 401: Urging China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade
H.Res. 407: Condemning the persecution of Christians around the world
H.R. 1164: Taylor Force Act
H.R. 1415: End Neglected Tropical Diseases Ac
H.R. 2712: Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2017
H.R. 3542: Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act
H.R. 3776: Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017
H.Con.Res. 90: Condemning ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calling for an end to the attacks in and an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine in Burma
Judiciary: Markup of one bill ― 10am:
Education and the Workforce: Hearing examining the policies and priorities of the Dept. of Labor ― 10am.
Energy and Commerce
Energy & Natural Resources: Oversight hearing examining hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands ― 9:30am.
Armed Services: Hearing to consider three nominations, including the Dept. of the Army’s general counsel, an appeals court judge for the Armed Forces, and a principal deputy under secretary of defense ― 10am.
Environment & Public Works: Meeting to consider four bills ― 10am:
S. 1857: Establishing a compliance deadline of May 2023 for emissions standards for home heating systems.
S. 203: Reaffirming that the EPA can’t regulate vehicles used solely for competition.
S. 839: Allowing for the judicial review of any final rule addressing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from brick and clay structural products.
S. 1934: To prevent catastrophic failure or shutdown of remote diesel power engines due to emission control devices.
Foreign Relations: Meeting to consider the nomination of of Eric Ueland to be Under Secretary of State (Management), a hearing on the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons, and to consider one bill ― 10am:
S. 1928: Establishing a review of U.S. multilateral aid.
Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy: Hearings to examine American leadership in the Asia-Pacific, focusing on the view from Beijing ― 2:30pm.
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearings to examine gene editing technology, focusing on innovation and impact ― 10am.
Commerce Science, and Transportation
Intelligence: To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters ― 2:30pm.
Energy and Natural Resources: Meeting to consider reconciliation legislation to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish and administer a competitive oil and gas program in the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ― 9am.
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Hearings to examine the victims of Turkey’s failing rule of law ― 9:30am.
Environment and Public Works: Hearings to examine promoting American leadership in reducing air emissions through innovation ― 10am.
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearings to examine encouraging healthy communities, focusing on perspective from the Surgeon General ― 10am. Hearings to examine four nominations ― 2:30pm.
Judiciary: Hearings to examine the nominations of two judges to circuit courts and four judges to district courts ― 10am.
Armed Services: Hearings to examine two nominations to the Dept. of Defense, an under secretary for policy and an assistant secretary ― 10am.
Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Foreign Relations: Receiving a closed briefing on new counterterrorism guidance ― 10am.
Judiciary: Meeting to consider one bill ― 10am:
Intelligence: To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters ― 2pm
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*― Eric Revell
Written by Countable
Please vote no on the proposed tax plan!
NO TAX CHANGES UNTIL TRUMP RELEASES HIS RETURNS. PERIOD!!!
What good is a committee when its members are filled with more of the same narcissistic, blind congressional and senatorial members that are inflicting the current damage on the American people? Our democracy is broken, perhaps if we had a duel constitution like Canada there might be hope, but as it stands there is nothing to pull the efficient inline with the dignified. We must vote ALL party-line legislators out of office. Starting with the Republicans. We must act as “the dignified” and drain our own swamp with our vote.
I don't believe anybody in the US Congress is out for the American people anymore
I agree vote NO on the tax plan only good for the super rich!
Vote no on the proposed tax bill in its current form! It is blatantly obvious that it does not help the middle class, and is solely benefitting large corporations and billionaires. Yes we need to bring jobs back to the US, but the language of the bill in its current form does nothing to guarantee jobs here. Rob Portman continues to cater to his donors, pushing the agenda of the Koch brothers. Removing all of the middle class tax breaks and subsidies? That's how you support your middle class constituents??? You're out of touch Rob, bought & sold by your donors & lobbyists. You need to listen to Sherrod Brown. 45238
I️ will try to remain hopeful that the Senate will only approve fully qualified judges, with unanimous support from the American Bar Association, who have no conflicts of interest.
That’s our job. Sadly, while everyone says that Congress stinks, everyone keeps voting the same people in over and over again. Sometimes, even after the candidate is dead politically or physically.
Are they VOTING ON IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS YET? Wake me up when they grow a spine and do it!
Congressional committees need to be transparent unless dealing with sensitive matters!!! Secrecy hides corruption, stupidity and incompetence!!! Don’t treat the American people as though they are morons!!!
The one bill that should be brought up for a vote is the one on Term Limits. If all the Senate and Congress had a limited time to get the job done, that would go a long way towards coming together for the good of the people they represent instead of self service and getting re-elected! There should also be vetting of all those candidates running for office or appointed. Perhaps if they have broken a Federal Law, they should not hold a Federal Office?
And who is overseeing the overseers? Obviously no one
Question is how important are most of these bills. Why are you all NOT working on FIXING Puerto Rico; setting up infrastructure bills to fix our bridges, roads, & overpasses; upgrading our train system to carry passengers for an affordable price & getting people to places faster; DECIDING THAT THE BORDER WALL IS A WASTE OF MONEY, TIME & EFFORT; reinstating the scientific community that have been done away with; fixings the ecology and anything to upgrade jobs & wages for the people. What about the healthcare FIXES. You have lots more important things to do.
Please vote yes on the Tax Plan!
De-regulate cannabis if you dare defy your corporate masters. Americans are suffering, waiting for you to act.
Too much here to comment on, so I'll just take three. 1. Investigate sexual harassment in Congress? Like Hollywood. Where you going with that and define Sexual Harassment? I'm sure the left wing will determine that eye to eye contact is harassment! 2. Should Congress adopt a bill Condemning something or Urging this or that? Quit wasting our tax dollars as those bills and the paper they are written on are a waste of time and money! Get Taxes Done! Repeal and Replace Obamacare as it's costing the taxpayer unjustified Billions! And finally, 3. Hahahaha! Folks in South East Asia, India, Pacific Islands and many parts of the world have been eating dogs and cats for millennia! For millennia! It's part of their diet! As a traveled veteran I was taken into resterants by other GIs long ago and unknowingly while being snickerd at, at the end of the meal was told that I just ate dog!! Actually with all the spices and Korean red pepper sauce you would not ever have known! It's not just poor peasants in those areas that eat it! Everybody! Maybe not on a regular basis as they have a lot more access to beef and other meats now than say 40-50 years ago. Anyway there are many resterants in South East Asia! You sit down and order a whole a whole chicken off the menu, you will get just that! A whole Chicken! Guts, Head and All! And they eat it! They don't let anything go to waste! So! In that regards! Happy Eating!
I was completely unaware of these bills being in act.
Why are you even considering bills that reverse pollution controls? It is not as if our atmosphere needs more carbon emissions. Here we are dealing with the aftermath of all these superstorms and wildfires, and our Republican controlled Congress is on a deregulatory binge. Senator Portman, we know you have accepted campaign donations from the Koch Brothers, who are heavily invested in climate change denial. You are not representing the people who have to live with the consequences of all this pollution.
Nothing on assault weapons. Guess they’re still thinking and praying.