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Committee Watch: China’s Espionage, Google’s Data Collection, and the Impact of Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage

What do you think of this week's committee schedule?

by Countable | Updated on 12.10.18

Before bills and nominations are brought up for a passage vote in Congress, they typically have to be considered and approved by relevant committees ― which also conduct oversight of federal agencies. Here’s a look at what Congressional committees will be holding hearings on this week.

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.

Tuesday

  • The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices” featuring testimony from Google CEO Sundar Pichai. 10am
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to conduct oversight of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 10am
  • The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing to conduct oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission. 10am

Wednesday

  • The Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness will hold a hearing on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Readiness with testimony from Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer and Marine Corps Commandant Richard B. Neller, among others. 9:30am
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “China’s Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses”. 10am
  • The House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing titled “Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage: Consequences for Workers and Small Businesses”. 10am
  • The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust Law will hold an oversight hearing for the antitrust enforcement agencies (FTC’s Bureau of Competition & the DOJ’s Antitrust Division). 2pm
  • The Senate Intelligence Committee will receive a closed intelligence briefing. 2:30pm
  • The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing titled “Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country”. 2:30pm

Thursday

  • The House Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing to adopt several classified and unclassified committee reports. 9am

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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  • Miles
    Voted Apathetic
    12/10/2018
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    $15 minimum wage would hurt, not help. First off, minimum wage jobs are NOT worth $15 an hour. Second, if you know anything about economics, you would know that higher wages leads to less jobs so they don’t have to pay as many people & in turn can put small businesses out of business because they can’t afford to pay workers.

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  • Marie
    12/10/2018
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    China Espionage and Google Data Collections need to be looked into deeply!

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  • Lance
    Voted Sad
    12/10/2018
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    15 dollars a hour is a Economic nightmare already McDonald’s and other Fast food restaurants are installing Computers terminals and reducing staff by 2/3

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  • thegrizzled1
    Voted Happy
    12/10/2018
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    Mandatory 15.00 an hour minimum wage should have been approved a decade ago, not 5 years from today.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Apathetic
    12/11/2018
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    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Readiness Hearing (12-11) I’d be extremely interesting to follow the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness will hold a hearing on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Readiness with testimony from Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer and Marine Corps Commandant Richard B. Neller, among others. Hopefully we will see that the advancement of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Readiness has been drastically improved following 8 years of Obama administration’s cutting of manpower and equipment including ships and aircraft. It’ll be curiously interesting in seeing how Jack Reed, (RI) the Democratic Ranking Member will control his members of the SASC,during the hearings, particularly Senators Blumenthal, Gillibrand, Hirono, and Warren. SneakyPete..... 🤔👍🏻👎🏻🤔. 12*10*18.....

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  • Corey
    12/10/2018
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    If the minimum wage is increased to $15 an hour, some very well educated, highly skilled workers that only make $16.50 and hour are going to be extremely upset that they could make nearly the same amount running a cash register.

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  • Lynn
    Voted Sad
    12/11/2018
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    $15 minimum wage is just stupid. Too much for not enough. Leave it alone. If you want to get paid more, then EARN MORE! Be a better employee. Be at work on time. Make the boss glad you work there. BE WORTH MORE!!

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  • Michael r
    Voted Happy
    12/11/2018
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    The $15 minimum wage is an important issue. First of all, hardly anyone can live on that salary and the people who will work gladly for that amount and less and do the most mundane, backbreaking and unpleasant tasks are backed up at the Mexican border.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Apathetic
    12/11/2018
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    Our Southern Border Security Concerns Is #1 Mine and the majority of Americans interest would be in the Senate Judiciary Committee holding a hearing to conduct oversight of Customs and Border (CBP). Sadly 😔 we will continue seeing the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Ranking Member Senator Dianne Feinstein, resisting the advancement of securing our Southern Border region from the continuing influxes of illegal immigrants and drugs. SneakyPete..... 🙀👿👿🙀. 12*10*18....

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Apathetic
    12/11/2018
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    Workforce Protections “$15 Minimum Wage” Hearing The House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing (12*12) titled “Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage: Consequences for Workers and Small Businesses”. The $15 wage is a Democratic “STICK & CARROT” approach being used to sway folks to their cause. Two points to consider: * How many current employees will lose their jobs as a result of the increase of a company’s salaries & benefits expenses? * If the $15 wage is mandated, does this infer that ALL current employees will revert to that $15 wage level also? Or does this also mean that companies, “Bottom Line” revenue and expenses, will be impacted negatively, as I believe. Will we see the Democratic Committee members led by Mark Takano, California (Ranking Member) and including Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva, AZ, Alma S. Adams, NC, Mark DeSaulnier, CA and Carol Shea-Porter, NH. Will the hearing develop into a precursor of what we are going to see once the Democrats under the Pelosi (?) Leadership, particularly using the $15 wage issue as a issue leading up to the 2020 Presidential election 🗳 cycle. It, the hearing, should be very revealing of the coming attitude, of the Democratic Controlled House. SneakyPete..... 🤔🤔🤔. 12*10*18.....

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  • B
    12/11/2018
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    If 15 an hour would hurt economy, why were tax breaks given to the other end of the money chain? If a living wage is not available, we will eventually see uprisings in this country. You can not have the wealthy getting wealthier without some consequence!

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  • JDMA
    12/10/2018
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    If there is a minimum wage hike to 15$/hr will I get the same difference added to my pay? I think it would be fair to compensate those who have applied themselves and worked for their current pay rate. Otherwise we are disincentivising people from being industrious and working hard to get better jobs. Just keep in mind, in the second world countries, aka communist/socialist, people who got paid the same did not work. They worked on the black market where their time and education was valued. 15$/hr is not the right move . Incentives to work are. Take this from a son of an escapee of socialism.

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  • Cassandra
    12/11/2018
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    15.00 for people who are supporting themselves is bare bone in most of the country. Every penny companies don't pay to their employees ends up being subsidized by state taxes in the form of food stamps etc. I think companies get plenty of breaks from the US without us subsidizing employees because companies are pocketing greater profits. The alternative is watching more people starve. Not everyone in this country wants or needs to be a gambler on the stock market. Some people just want a roof over their heads and food on the table. In this country that gives massive tax breaks to the rich and the military gets as much spent on it as the next 10 countries spend combined, I think it is criminal to not take of our own. As we care for the least of these...

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  • Oneda
    12/10/2018
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    The minimum wage needs to be at least $15 so that people don’t have to work 2-3 jobs to live.

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  • Caren
    Voted Sad
    12/10/2018
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    China no doubt has it’s problems which may include espionage, but unfortunately the Democrats have proven to be a great bane in our country—a corrupt enemy among us. That is possibly worse than a foreign enemy.

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  • KansasTamale
    Voted Apathetic
    12/10/2018
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    Some of these are good, like the minimum wage bill, but many are kind of useless. Hard to comment on so many - the Espionage business with China is just a way to cover for Trump’s nonsense about China being the force behind the 2016 election instead of Russia. What a bunch of BUNK.

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  • Tooluser1
    12/10/2018
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    Inflation will insure that minimum wage *purchasing power* will be unchanged no matter how much wages are increased. All this will accomplish is to drag everyone who has managed to get above minimum back down and keep us there. A $15 minimum wage will END the middle class, as its intended to.

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  • Sean
    Voted Sad
    12/10/2018
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    $15 minimum wage would hurt job creation, I though that’s what we wants. Increase minimum wage will also increase the cost of living, and that will put us on a disadvantage.

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  • James
    Voted Sad
    12/10/2018
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    These meetings look more like break out groups from a convention in a remote hotel off the Vegas strip. Time killers.

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  • Leslie
    12/11/2018
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    No to mandatory minimum wage. It's a job killer a business destroyer and a consumer nightmare

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  • JayinNC
    Voted Apathetic
    12/14/2018
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    China is ripping us off in regards to intellectual property, yes I agree with a $15.00 minimum wage.

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