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Committee Watch: Week of November 13, 2017

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.

House

Monday

  • Rules: Structuring debate around two bills expected on the House floor Tuesday― 5pm:

    • Conference report for H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018

    • H.R. 2874: 21st Century Flood Reform Act

Tuesday

  • 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.

  • Homeland Security

    • Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security: Hearing assessing the current threat at the U.S.-Canada border ― 10am.
  • Science, Space, and Technology

    • Subcommittee on Oversight: Hearing assessing the compliance of the federal government with the DHS cybersecurity directive ― 10am.
  • Energy and Commerce: Hearing on the response and recovery to environmental concerns from the 2017 hurricane season ― 10am.

Wednesday

  • 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:

    • H.R. 170: Protect and Grow American Jobs Act
  • Education and the Workforce: Hearing examining the policies and priorities of the Dept. of Labor ― 10am.

  • Appropriations

    • Subcommittee on Military Construction Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: Oversight hearing focused on VA electronic health records ― 10am.

Thursday

  • Energy and Commerce

    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology: Hearing on the race to 5G and its potential to revolutionize American competitiveness ― 10am.

Friday

  • Veterans’ Affairs

    • Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity: Field hearing on best practices in veterans education and transition to civilian life, at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas ― 10am.

Senate

Monday

  • Finance: Meeting to consider the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ― 3pm.

Tuesday

  • 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

    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security: Hearings to examine technology in agriculture, focusing on data-driven farming ― 2:30pm.
  • Intelligence: To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters ― 2:30pm.

Wednesday

  • 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.

    • Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights: Hearings to examine the consumer welfare standard in antitrust ― 2:30pm.
  • Foreign Relations

    • Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues: Hearings to examine attacks on U.S. diplomats in Cuba, focusing on response and oversight ― 2pm.
  • Appropriations

    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs: Hearings to examine the Dept. of Veterans Affairs efforts to prevent and combat opioid over-medication ― 2:30pm.

Thursday

  • 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

    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard: Hearings to examine Coast Guard readiness, focusing on how far we can stretch our nation’s only multi-mission military force ― 10am.
  • Foreign Relations: Receiving a closed briefing on new counterterrorism guidance ― 10am.

  • Judiciary: Meeting to consider one bill ― 10am:

    • S. 2070: Reauthorizing the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program and to promote initiatives that will reduce the risk of injury and death relating to the wandering characteristics of some children with autism.
  • Intelligence: To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters ― 2pm

Friday

  • No hearings are planned.

Hit the Take Action button to tell your reps what you think they should be focusing on and share your thoughts on the week’s schedule in the comments below!

*― Eric Revell

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  • Paul
    11/13/2017
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    Please vote no on the proposed tax plan!

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  • Todd
    11/14/2017
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    NO TAX CHANGES UNTIL TRUMP RELEASES HIS RETURNS. PERIOD!!!

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  • NoHedges
    11/13/2017
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    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.

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  • Rebecca
    11/13/2017
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    I don't believe anybody in the US Congress is out for the American people anymore

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  • R.k.
    11/14/2017
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    I agree vote NO on the tax plan only good for the super rich!

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  • Erinbarin
    11/13/2017
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    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

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  • Mancos
    11/13/2017
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    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.

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  • Lexpost
    11/13/2017
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    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.

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  • Mark
    11/13/2017
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    Are they VOTING ON IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS YET? Wake me up when they grow a spine and do it!

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  • Wallace
    11/13/2017
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    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!!!

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  • Loretta
    11/13/2017
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    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?

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  • Azrael
    11/13/2017
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    And who is overseeing the overseers? Obviously no one

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  • KansasTamale
    11/14/2017
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    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.

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  • Caleb
    11/14/2017
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    Please vote yes on the Tax Plan!

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  • RadicalModerate
    11/13/2017
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    De-regulate cannabis if you dare defy your corporate masters. Americans are suffering, waiting for you to act.

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  • Brandon
    11/13/2017
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    Praying

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  • James
    11/13/2017
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    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!

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  • Neia
    11/13/2017
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    I was completely unaware of these bills being in act.

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  • Laura
    11/14/2017
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    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.

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  • Lisa
    11/14/2017
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    Nothing on assault weapons. Guess they’re still thinking and praying.

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