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Committee Watch: Week of November 27, 2017

by Countable | 11.28.17

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.



  • Homeland Security:

    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security: Field hearing at the Trenton, NJ city council chambers on securing public areas of transportation with an emphasis on stakeholder perspectives. ― 10am.
  • Oversight and Government Reform: Field hearing at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Auditorium on combating the opioid crisis ― 12:30pm.

  • Rules: Hearing to structure floor debate around two bills ― 5pm:

    • H.R. 3017: Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Development, and Reauthorization Act of 2017

    • H.R. 3905: Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act


  • Transportation and Infrastructure:

    • Subcommittee on Aviation: Hearing on the emerging uses of unmanned aircraft systems in the changing national airspace ― 10am.
  • Foreign Affairs:

    • Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa: Hearing on the latest developments in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon ― 10am.
  • Energy and Commerce: Joint subcommittee hearing on how companies’ decisions about data, content, and algorithms impact consumers ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

  • Appropriations:

    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies: Hearing on the USDA’s role in disaster recovery ― 10am.
  • Education and the Workforce:

    • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing on financial challenges facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the implications for pension plans, workers, and retirees ― 10am.


  • Appropriations:

    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies: Oversight hearing on supplemental funding for the Dept. of the Interior ― 9:30am.

    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security: Oversight hearing on supplemental funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ― 10am.

  • Financial Services:

    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment: Hearing on the implementation and cybersecurity protocols of the consolidated audit trail ― 10am.
  • Transportation and Infrastructure: Hearing on three bills ― 10am.

    • H.R. 4460: Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2017

    • H.R. 3814: No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act

    • H.R. 3813: Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act


  • Armed Forces:

    • Subcommittee on Readiness: Hearing on amphibious warfare readiness & training ― 8am.
  • Appropriations:

    • Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies: Hearing on HUD community block grants for disaster recovery ― 9:30am.



  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Hearing on two nominations to be assistant secretaries of housing and urban development, and the nomination of Jerome Powell to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ― 9:45am.

  • Environment and Public Works

    • Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety: Hearings on four nominations to serve on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority ― 10am.
  • Foreign Relations: Hearings on two nominations to be assistant secretaries of state ― 10am.

  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing to examine the Higher Education Act, focusing on proposals to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ― 10am.

  • Judiciary: Hearing to examine one bill ― 10am.

    • S. 1241: Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017
  • Budget: Hearing on reconciliation legislation related to tax reform under the 2018 budget resolution ― 2:30pm.

  • Intelligence: To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters ― 2:30pm.


  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing to examine the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services ― 9:30am.

  • Environment and Public Works: Hearing to examine two nominations to environmental posts and 19 General Services Administration resolutions ― 10am.

  • Judiciary: Hearing to consider the nominations of two circuit court judges, one district court judge, and one under secretary of commerce for intellectual property ― 10am.

  • Joint Economic Committee: Hearing to examine the economic outlook with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen ― 10am

  • Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Hearing to examine the nomination of Barry Myers to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere ― 10:30am.

  • Veterans’ Affairs: Hearing to consider one bill entitled "Caring for Our Veterans Act of 2017" ― 2:30pm

  • Intelligence: Hearing to examine certain intelligence matters ― 3pm.


  • Armed Services: Hearing to examine recommendations from outside experts for a future National Defense Strategy ― 10am.

  • Foreign Relations: Hearings to examine the nominations of three ambassadors and one administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development ― 10am.

  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearings to examine the front lines of the opioid crisis, focusing on perspectives from states, communities, and providers ― 10am.

  • Judiciary: Hearings to examine the nominations of three circuit court judges and six district court judges ― 10am.

  • Intelligence: Hearing to examine certain intelligence matters ― 2pm.

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― Eric Revell


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  • RadicalModerate

    Cannabis is a very effective treatment for opiate withdrawal. States that legalize cannabis for recreational use see a significant decrease in death from drug overdoses once cannabis is available.

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  • Eric

    H.R. 4434 and S. 2135 have no place in our society. They are too vague, do nothing to stop criminals from acquiring weapons of any kind and have no consequence to those who ignore laws anyway. In addition, they also remove the right of due process.

  • NoHedges

    Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. - Mother Teresa

  • OldTimer

    There hasn’t been enough research, scheduling was such that the plant had no medicinal value, hence no, or limited, research on cannabis as an effective treatment for opioid addiction. This is an area I am very interested in but, the honest truth and simple fact is there is no research proving cannabis as an effective treatment for opioid addiction and claims made are connector, wishful thinking and possibly outright lies. Cannabis is being touted as the latest and greatest thing for basically every illness that plagues mankind. Would be nice if there was real life data and studies proving cannabis as the holy grail.