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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.



  • No hearings are scheduled.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Energy and Commerce

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



  • No hearings are scheduled.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • No hearings are scheduled.

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― Eric Revell


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