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Committee Watch: Week of December 4, 2017

by Countable | 12.4.17

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.

House

Monday

  • No hearings are scheduled.

Tuesday

  • Rules: Structuring debate around two bills expected on the House floor this week ― 2pm.

    • H.R. 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

    • H.J.Res. __: The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018

Wednesday

  • Foreign Affairs

    • Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations: Hearing on "Advancing Human Rights to Combat Extremism" ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats: Hearing on "Brexit: A Negotiation Update" ― 2pm.

    • Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific: Hearing on "U.S. Policy Toward Tibet: Access, Religious and Human Rights" ― 2pm.

  • Science, Space, and Technology

    • Subcommittee on Research and Technology: Hearing on "From Lab to Market: A Review of National Science Foundation Innovation Corps" ― 10am.
  • Education and the Workforce

    • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing on "Workplace Leave Policies: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers and Working Families" ― 10am.

Thursday

  • Foreign Affairs: Hearing on "Counterterrorism Efforts in Africa" ― 9:30am.

  • Judiciary: Hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" ― 10am.

  • House Administration: Hearing on "Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Congressional Workplace: Examining Reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act" ― 10am.

  • Veterans’ Affairs: Hearing on "New Names, Same Problems: The VA Medical Surgical Prime Vendor Program" ― 10am.

  • Homeland Security

    • Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications: Hearing on "Examining the Department of Homeland Security’s Efforts to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction" ― 10am.

Friday

  • Energy and Commerce

    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: Hearing on "Examining the Role of the Department of Energy in Energy Sector Cybersecurity" ― 9am.

Senate

Monday

  • No hearings are scheduled.

Tuesday

  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Hearing to consider the nomination of Jerome Powell to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and one bill ― 10am.

    • S. 2155: To promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections.
  • Energy and Natural Resources: Hearings to examine the nominations of Timothy Petty to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior and Linda Capuano to be Administrator of the Energy Information Administration, Department of Energy ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on Energy: Hearing examining seven bills ― 2:30pm:

      • S. 1336: Reliable Investment in Vital Energy Reauthorization Act

      • S. 1455: Energy Storage Goals and Demonstration Projects Act

      • S. 1563: Rare Earth Element Advanced Coal Technologies Act

      • S. 1851: Advancing Grid Storage Act of 2017

      • S. 1876: Reducing the Cost of Energy Storages Act of 2017

      • S. 1981: Small Scale LNG Access Act of 2017

      • S. 2030: Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act

  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing to examine four nominations to posts in the Depts. of Education and Labor ― 10am.

  • Appropriations

    • Subcommittee on Depts. of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies: Hearing examining the opioid crisis in America, focusing on prevention, treatment, and recovery ― 10am.
  • Foreign Relations: Meeting to consider five bills ― 2:30pm:

    • S. 1118: North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017

    • S. 1901: LEED Act

    • S. 447: Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017

    • S.Res. 150: A resolution recognizing threats to freedom of the press and expression around the world and reaffirming the freedom of the press as a priority in efforts of the United States Government to promote democracy and good governance.

    • S.Res. 139: A resolution condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.

  • Intelligence: Receiving a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters ― 3pm.

Wednesday

  • Aging: Hearing examining America’s aging workforce, focusing on opportunities and challenges ― 9:30am.

  • Environment and Public Works: Hearing to examine the nomination of R.D. James to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight: Hearing to examine challenges facing Superfund and waste cleanup efforts following natural disasters ― 2:30pm.
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Hearing to examine adapting to defend the Homeland against the evolving international terrorist threat ― 10am.

  • Judiciary: Hearing to examine firearm accessory regulation and enforcing Federal and state reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) ― 10am.

  • Indian Affairs: Hearing to examine three bills ― 2:30pm:

    • S. 1870: Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment Act

    • S. 664: Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017

    • S. 1770: Hualapai Tribe Water Settlement Act of 2017

  • Foreign Relations

    • Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism: Hearing on "Beyond ISIS: Countering Terrorism, Radicalization, and Promoting Stability in North Africa" ― 2:30pm.

Thursday

  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing to consider four nominations of positions in the Depts. Of Education and Labor ― TBA.

  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing to examine implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, focusing on progress and the path forward for medical innovation ― 10am.

  • Armed Services: Hearing to examine Dept. of Defense acquisition reform efforts ― 10am.

  • Judiciary: Meeting to consider the nominations of three circuit court judges and seven district court judges ― 10am.

  • Intelligence: Receiving a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters ― 2pm.

Friday

  • No hearings are scheduled.

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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  • Beth
    12/04/2017
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    I am hoping that you will think twice before allowing this morally reprehensible tax bill to clear Congress again. We both know that it is a sham. The 2018 elections are next year and I will work overtime to make sure that anyone who has voted in favor of this tax bill is removed from office.

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  • SirRobert
    12/04/2017
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    TAX BILL: If you think the American people are going to be distracted by talking about anything but shutting down the horrific tax Legislation that will add $1 TRILLION to the national debt, and adversely impact everyone in America except the wealthy, you are sadly mistaken!!! We really need special elections all around to run the SOBs that support the tax bill out of Washington! Save your breath on everything else!!!

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  • Jean
    12/04/2017
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    Hands off our healthcare and make sure EVERYONE, including your big donors, pay their fair share of taxes!!! Quit attacking the working middle class!! Do not pass the Budget Bill as it is currently written in the house or senate.

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  • Robert
    12/04/2017
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    The congressional committees need to start considering Mr. Trump’s capacity and fitness for office.

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  • Stickyfingers
    12/04/2017
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    8 years of Obama have nearly ruined this country. Thank god and country that President Trump was elected. America has a fighting chance against these fascist liberals who want no borders, sanctuary cities and no free speech. We can defeat them even more in 2018. The American people are sick of these fascist liberals who are trying to ruin our country.

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  • Denise
    12/04/2017
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    None of this really matters because the country has been decimated so terribly already by the illegal and immoral Trump/Republican agenda. And when they pass the TAX SCAM, it will erode even further. The economy will collapse in the next two years guaranteed. It's going to take generations to clean up this mess! It's a sad sad time for America.

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  • Leslie
    12/04/2017
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    The so-called Tax “Reform” legislation is morally and economically reprehensible, motivated as it is by a craven desire to be re-elected. Shame on you all, especially @SpeakerRyan and @SenateMajLdr. Enjoy your new found wealth on the backs of the poor and middle classes.

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  • Wallace
    12/04/2017
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    The tax reform bill only illustrates that we have the best government money can buy!! Too bad that it mortgaged the future to pay rich people that are doing very well!!!!! It is long past time to consider the interests of all Americans!!! Our government should represent people and not solely special interests!!!

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  • Nan
    12/05/2017
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    I am very concerned about the passage of a tax reform bill. As Congressmen your job is to uphold the constitution and represent the best interests of you constituents. Any bill that is voted on without debate and compromise from BOTH parties is not working the way the constitution was meant to work. To ignore the advice of agencies whose job it is to watchdog government in a non partisan way is negligent to put it mildly. To rush a vote on something as important as a refiguring of the worlds largest economy in the dead of night without giving congressmen the time to read and negotiate is unconscionable. To look for ways to make these cuts work on the back of assuming a cut to social supports for the poor, elderly and needy is criminal. And I know Toomy will tout the lies about benefiting business as a way to benefit all Americans. It didn’t work before and it won’t work now. I’m already anticipating his highly partisan response to this message. To play games with something as important as our tax base in order to “get something on Trumps desk by Christmas “ is patently absurd. Where is your sense of duty? You don’t play with the welfare of millions of Americans to score political points! I am beyond disgusted. Please take this opportunity to work on a bi partisan plan that compromises on the concerns of various states, watchdog groups and anxious citizens.

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  • Kenneth
    12/04/2017
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    Tax cuts are like wooden stake through the heart to hand wringing liberals.

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  • Brandon
    12/04/2017
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    Praying

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  • Kenneth
    12/04/2017
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    Full speed ahead! When liberals scream and hand wringing begins we know for sure USA is headed in the right direction. Something for nothing folks should head for the borders. Oh wait; those countries don’t want our something for nothing idiots. Guess they will have to start living responsibly for a change.

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  • William
    12/04/2017
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    I’m with you Beth !! There will be a great number of Americans working lots of overtime to defeat this fascist administration and enabling congress!!!!!

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  • Jonathan
    12/04/2017
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    It’s hard to take the comments by these Trump haters seriously. Obama spent 8 years trying to destroy the country and, this president is trying hard to undo as much as he can of those damages. I wish you liberals would go back in to hibernation as you apparently did in the Obama disaster years. I can only assumed you were drunk on freebies/handouts taken from other hardworking Americans or you were afraid to speak out, knowing how vindictive they were, targeting anyone who had a voice and retaliate against them.

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  • William
    12/04/2017
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    Stickyfingers- I guest you simply don’t know what the meaning of fascism is !! I’ll give a brief picture DONALD JOHN TRUMP !!!!!!!

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  • Stallion
    12/05/2017
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    When is congress going to stand up and do something about Trump’s disregard for the rule of law?

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  • scratchohey
    12/04/2017
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    We still refer to it as “Indian Affairs?” Ugh.

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  • Bernadine
    12/04/2017
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    Oh great, now we are starting to over through Africa.

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  • Ritch
    12/05/2017
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    Here’s a novel idea - pass the budget without passing the continuing resolution. Under the previous administration we had two budgets in 8 years. It’s time to pass one that allows for job growth and cuts the size government so us regular people have a chance to move ahead.

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  • Joanne
    12/05/2017
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    NEW YORK: ACTION TO TAKE NOW TO KILL THE TAX BILL. The spotlight now turns to House members who will need to decide how they will vote on a final bill. The best cudgel we have with Republican congressmen in the New York metropolitan area is the end of the SALT deduction (state and local income tax). They recognize it too. Some of these members--there are 4--were given a pass by Ryan and voted against the bill in its first iteration. But they will be under enormous pressure to vote yes on the final version. WE NEED TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE AND REMIND THEM THAT VOTING FOR THE TAX BILL WILL BE THE END OF THEIR CAREERS; THEY WILL LOSE IN 2018 IF THEY VOTE FOR THE BILL. In addition, we need to call our own representative--Elliot Engel. Yes, he has been a stalwart in opposing the bill. But we want him to draw a clearer line between the passage of this tax bill and the coming cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. He should be vocal about that and he should encourage his Democratic colleagues to do the same. Phone Numbers: Daniel Donovan, Jr.(R)--Staten Island--202-225-3371 Peter King (R)---Nassau County--202--225-7896 John Faso (R)--Upper Hudson Valley--202-225-5614 Lee Zeldin (R)--Suffolk County--202-225-3826 Elliot Engel (D)--16th District, which includes Scarsdale--202-225-2464

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