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.
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:
Transportation and Infrastructure:
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.
Education and the Workforce:
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.
Transportation and Infrastructure: Hearing on three bills ― 10am.
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
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.
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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