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Committee Watch: Week of December 11, 2017

by Countable | 12.11.17

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.

House

Monday

  • No hearings are scheduled.

Tuesday

  • Financial Services: Hearing to markup 15 bills ― 10am.

  • Judiciary: Hearing to markup two bills ― 10am:

    • H.R. 1865: Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

    • H.R. 2595: Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act

  • Education and Workforce: Hearing to markup one bill ― 10am:

    • H.R. 4508: Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act
  • Energy and Commerce:

    • Subcommittees on Environment and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection: Joint hearing titled "Update on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program (CAFE) and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Motor Vehicles ― 10am.

    • Oversight and Investigations: Hearing titled "Examining Concerns of Patient Brokering and Addiction Treatment Fraud" ― 10:15am.

  • Foreign Affairs

    • Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific: Hearing titled "Cambodia’s Descent: Policies to Support Democracy and Human Rights" ― 2pm.

    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade: Hearing titled "The Future of the North American Free Trade Agreement" ― 2pm.

    • Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations: Hearing titled "Protecting North Korean refugees" ― 2pm.

  • Natural Resources

    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources: Hearing titled "Examining Consequences of America’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Minerals" ― 2pm.
  • Veterans Affairs

    • Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity: Hearing on the Implementation of the Forever GI Bill ― 2pm.
  • Transportation and Infrastructure

    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management: Hearing titled "The Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: Addressing Hurdles to Economic Development in the Region" ― 10am.
  • Rules: Hearing to structure debate around four bills expected on the House floor this week ― 3pm.

Wednesday

  • Homeland Security: Hearing to markup 12 bills ― 9:30am.

  • Judiciary: Oversight hearing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ― 10am.

  • Ways and Means

    • Subcommittee on Oversight: Hearing titled "Taxpayer Experience with the Internal Revenue Service" ― 10am.
  • Veterans Affairs

    • Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs: Hearing titled "Pre-Discharge Claims Programs: Are VA and DOD Effectively Serving Separating Military Personnel?" ― 10am.
  • Science, Space, and Technology

    • Subcommittee on Energy: Hearing titled "Advancing Solar Energy Technology: Research Trumps Deployment" ― 2pm.
  • Energy and Commerce

    • Subcommittee on Health: Hearing titled "Examining the Drug Supply Chain" ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on Energy: Hearing titled "The Impacts and Future of North American Free Trade" ― 10:15am.

  • Armed Services

    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces: Hearing titled "Addressing Physiological Episodes in Fighter, Attack, and Training Aircraft" ― 3:30pm.

Thursday

  • Foreign Affairs: Hearing to markup two bills ― 9:30am.

    • H.R. 2219: End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2017

    • H.R. 2646: United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act

  • Natural Resources

    • Subcommittee on Federal Lands: Hearing to consider one bill ― 9:30am:

      • H.R. 4558: Grand Staircase Escalante Enhancement Act
  • Financial Services

    • Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade: Hearing titled "Examining the Operations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United State (CFIUS)"

Friday

  • No hearings are scheduled.

Senate

Monday

  • Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Hearing on the nomination of Stephen Vaden to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture ― 5:45pm.

Tuesday

  • Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet: Hearings to examine digital decision-making, focusing on the building blocks of machine learning and artificial intelligence ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard: Hearing to examine national ocean policy, focusing on stakeholder perspectives ― 2:30pm.

  • Energy and Natural Resources: Oversight hearing to examine the permitting processes at the Dept. of the Interior and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for energy and resource infrastructure projects and opportunities to improve the efficiency, transparency, and accountability of federal decisions for such projects ― 10am.

  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearings to examine the cost of prescription drugs, focusing on an examination of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report "Making Medicines Affordable: A National Imperative" ― 10am.

  • Judiciary: Oversight hearing examining the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act ― 10am.

  • Foreign Relations

    • Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy: Hearing to examine the future of Zimbabwe ― 2pm.
  • Intelligence: Receiving a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters ― 2:30pm.

Wednesday

  • **Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: **Hearing to examine safeguarding American agriculture in a globalized world *― 9:30am.*

  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing examining the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, focusing on mental health needs ― 10am.

    • Hearing examining to consider four nominations to positions in the Depts. Of Education and Labor ― TBA.
  • Foreign Relations: Hearing to examine using force, focusing on strategic, political, and legal considerations ― 9:30am.

  • Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Hearing to consider pending calendar business ― 10am.

  • Judiciary: Hearing to examine the nominations of one circuit court judge and five district court judges ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights: Hearing to examine the consumer welfare standard in antitrust ― 2:30pm.
  • Environment and Public Works: Oversight hearing to examine the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ― 10am.

  • Armed Services

    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities: Receiving a closed briefing on Dept. of Defense global counterterrorism operations ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on Personnel: Hearing to examine an update on research, diagnosis, and treatment for traumatic brain injury / concussion in servicemembers ― 10am.

Thursday

  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Hearing to examine the Magnitsky Act at five, focusing on assessing accomplishments and challenges ― 9:30am.

  • Armed Services: Hearing examining U.S. policy and strategy in the Middle East ― 10am.

  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Hearings to examine nominees to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management ― 10am.

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

Friday

  • No hearings are scheduled.

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― Eric Revell

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