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Committee Watch: Religious Freedom in Central Asia & Tracking Progress in Reforming the VA

What do you think of this week's slate of hearings?

by Countable | Updated on 12.17.18

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.

Monday

  • The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (aka the Helsinki Commission) will hold a hearing titled “Mosque and State in Central Asia: Can Religious Freedom Coexist with Government Regulation of Islam?”. 3pm

Tuesday

  • No hearings are scheduled.

Wednesday

  • The House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees will hold a joint hearing titled “Tracking Transformation: VA MISSION Act Implementation” featuring testimony from VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and other VA officials. 2pm
  • The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing titled “A Comparative Look at Competition Law Approaches to Monopoly and Abuse of Dominance in the US and EU”. 2:30pm

Thursday

  • The House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight will hold a hearing titled “The Veterans First Program after Kingdomware”. 10am

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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  • burrkitty
    Voted Apathetic
    12/17/2018
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    Hey, evangelical nut jobs. Not letting you trample on my rights isn’t a infringement on yours. We don’t have complete religious freedom here in the USA, so I’m not sure what business we have muddling around in other places. How about we make the absolute wall between church and state that we are supposed to have here? Maybe we should make sure our house is in order before we criticize our neighbors? Get the evangelical Christians and their crazy persecution complex safely back in their church and out of our political system, to start.

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  • Michael.J.L
    12/17/2018
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    The Government has no business in trying to meddle in the religious affairs of other nations. I'm betting that if a nation had as government policy that Christianity was the only permitted faith our Government would have no problem with that, but, since it's Islam it's a different story.

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  • NoHedges
    Voted Sad
    12/17/2018
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    Why are reforming the religious freedoms in Central Asia? This is a clear violation of the separation of church and state. Taxpayer dollars should not be used for religious mission trips.

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  • Jerry
    Voted Happy
    12/17/2018
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    That’s great we need to reform the VA as for meddling in other country’s affairs we need to butt out fix America not the rest of the world.

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  • Linda
    12/17/2018
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    Interesting that they want to talk about religious freedom in another country. They are not interested in religious freedom in this country. They want this to be a theocracy.

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  • Lesia
    Voted Sad
    12/17/2018
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    I’d like religious freedom in America but Christianity is constantly shoved down our throats.

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  • Elizabeth
    Voted Happy
    12/17/2018
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    1. Legislate the Mandate for penalties back into the ACA so that it remains constitutional because it was what the Supreme Court ruled on. Do not take another length court battle. 2. Call for the dismissal of HHS Secretary for poor performance of safety of immigrants. 3. Act to adopt a carbon tax to save the planet. 4 Draft legislation to prevent influence of social media by foreign governments in our elections and to suppress voter participation.

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  • Caren
    Voted Apathetic
    12/17/2018
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    While having religious freedom in Asia may be a great and noble thought the United States cannot force or police these countries to do this. Certainly I’m an advocate for this for individuals visiting and it would be great for those who live there—but is it really possible and realistic?

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  • suzanneh2017
    Voted Sad
    12/17/2018
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    Reforming religious freedom in Asia. How is that our business? And I don’t think anything should be done to the VA while Donald Trump is an office. I hear he’s going on a two-week vacation. Can we make it two years?

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  • Glowurm
    Voted Sad
    12/17/2018
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    We want other countries to stay out of our business. So let’s stay out of theirs. Especially where religion is involved. As far as I know, nobody has made Turd, or Congress, God yet!

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  • Rose
    12/17/2018
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    Before the US sticks its nose into the religious affairs they need to get the religious interference out of the government here. Churches need to be taxed. The evangelical and other Christian church’s want to make policy here in our congress and in our court system which violates our rights to the freedom of religion. The congress and this administration has turned this country into a bunch of hypocrites. Clean up your own own ness before you screw up the rest of the world worse than it already is. After all it was the removal of the Iraq leader that lead to the void in leadership in that country that created the room for Isis to move in. Until the despot in the White House is gone, veteran affairs needs to be tabled.

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  • Jim2423
    Voted Sad
    12/17/2018
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    We need to keep our nose out of others religious issues.

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  • James
    Voted Sad
    12/17/2018
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    Nothing positive can come out of these hearing with the current Congress. It is difficult to know about Islam in Asia under government control especially as the Chinese are so opaque about their ongoing pogrom of their Muslim citizens. As to the VA, is Mr Wilkie willing to discuss the issue of the Mara lago(sp?) three? The three Trump friends trying to run the VA as their own fiefdom. That issue has not been in any hearings to date, and the issue of any of the modernization of the VA causing privatization of healthcare has also not been discussed publicly. Let’s get the issues on the table!

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  • Dara
    Voted Sad
    12/17/2018
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    More swamp.

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  • Gregory
    12/17/2018
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    America needs to get back to its christian roots and promote christian belief and values all over the world. Jesus Christ is the answer to all of the worlds problems. In preparing for the coming kingdom of God and to that end. So be it.

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  • Andrew
    Voted Happy
    12/17/2018
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    We elect these officials to perform a duty on our behalf so do it

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  • J
    Voted Apathetic
    12/17/2018
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    Unfortunately, with our present leaders we are not the great example of freedom of religion and the efforts to improve the VA have Ben hampered not non appointed or approved political wingnuts.

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  • Marylyn
    Voted Happy
    12/17/2018
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    Why should I feel that ANYONE wants to HELP our Veterans. Voted against giving MEDICAL MARIJUANA to our Veterans. MEDICATION IS MEDICATION. What do you recommend for Seizures? Why did you vote No on giving Veterans Benefits for illnesses & damage to body from AGENT ORANGE. PENTAGON SENT armed forces to VIETNAM, that makes AMERICA responsible for illnesses, damages INSIDE & OUTSIDE BODY. SOMEONE DID NOT DO THEIR DUE DILIGENCE ON THESE TWO BILLS. I know an expert on all forms of MARIJUANA, would you like for her to come & teach both House & Senate? I expect your answer to be NO! Think about do we want a wall between Mexico & America OR put that money to help OUR VETERANS

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  • JayinNC
    Voted Apathetic
    12/18/2018
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    Don’t really care about religion freedom in Asia that is their business. I go to the VA 3 times a week for my healthcare soo watch the level of quality care we receive when putting our trust in the VA medical system which I have been fortunate as I receive pretty good care

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  • James
    Voted Happy
    12/18/2018
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    VA needs to be tracked

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