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Committee Watch: Week of December 18, 2017

by Countable | 12.17.17

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

  • Rules: Hearing structuring debate around one bill to be considered on the House ― 5pm

Tuesday

  • Veterans’ Affairs: Markup hearing to consider one bill ― 10am:

Wednesday

  • Education and the Workforce: Hearing titled "Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Department of Education" ― 2pm.

Rest of the Week

  • No hearings are scheduled.

Senate

Monday

  • No hearings are scheduled.

Tuesday

  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Hearing to consider the nominations of the president, vice president, inspector general, and three members of the board of directors to the Export-Import Bank ― 10am.

  • Foreign Relations: Hearing examining U.S. strategy for Syria after ISIS ― 10am.

    • Hearings to consider the nominations of ambassadors to Rwanda and the Gabonese Republic ― 2pm.
  • Rules and Administration: Hearing to consider one bill― 2:30pm:

    • S.Res. 355: Improving procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.

Wednesday

  • Environment and Public Works

    • *Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure: *Hearing to examine freight movement ― 10:30am.

Rest of the Week

  • 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!

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  • Pamela
    12/18/2017
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    I have not recognized the GOP since George HW Bush. I am you constituent urging you to vote NO on HR1. My main issue; it raises the deficit while giving me & most the middle class a negligible tax cut. Have you even read the bill? A rush to judgement on a major tax overhaul is unconscionable. Trickle down economics has no basis in fact. The Reagan era tax cuts resulted in the most financially difficult years of our lives. It took us 27 years for us to pay off student loan debt w no tax deductions at all for them. The near elimination of the estate tax doesn’t sit well with me either. I was caretaker for my Mother her last eight years of life and watched her entire estate go largely to assisted living. Why should ultra wealthy pass on their estates while the rest of us spend all our money on health care!? Elimination of the health insurance mandate will also cost me and the rest of us 10% more in premiums. It also concerns me that 501C3 organizations will suffer when people stop giving because they can not deduct charitable donations on their taxes. What happened to the ‘1000 points of light’ & charitable giving instead of public assistance?

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  • Vanessa
    12/18/2017
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    GOP...Your grabbing at straws if you think you can pull the same gaslighting as the reality star. America is not going to fall for it. Mueller’s investigation and the work of the FBI is above reproach. You carpet baggers and the clown have worn thin on American’s nerves, either you straighten up or you’ll be out.

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  • Mancos
    12/18/2017
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    Vote NO on the tax “reform” bill. Yes, there are some good parts, those that Tipton and Gardner promote publicly, but there are also HORRIBLE” parts that will be harmful to Americans in our state and most of the other states. There is no reason to rush this through. Why don’t you wait until there is transparency with compromises made that will benefit your constituents. I am furious about the Arctic drilling, recently inserted real estate perks, etc...

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  • Christine
    12/18/2017
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    How about a hearing on term limits for congress?

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  • NoHedges
    12/18/2017
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    We need more centrist's views in making creating and enforcing legislation. I sure hope that when the new house is elected their will be more centrist ideology and less partisan bickering. uscentrist.org Working together for a better America. Polls indicate about 30% of America is split strongly 15% left and 15% right. That leaves 70% of us looking for a centrist solution, but we are forced to choose candidates from the left or the right when we vote. With both parties polarized in opposite directions and entrenched in their special interest relationships; the consensus is that America needs another choice to restore balance to the system. Many elected officials and candidates are either already Centrist, or campaign on centrist issues to increase their electability. Getting the Centrist Party on the ballot will level the playing field and give Centrist America a foundation with integrity to have their views represented.

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  • SirRobert
    12/18/2017
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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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  • Gerald
    12/18/2017
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    What policy on Syria? Ask Putin what to do next. I am sure the ambassador to Rwanda will be David Duke based on Trump’s track record. Thank God Christmas break is approaching and I am sorry senator McCain is struggling because even though we differ in policy I see him as an American hero.

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  • Jim2423
    12/18/2017
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    I am beginning to feel we need either time limits on congressional positions. I feel for Senator McCain and his fight. But I do believe life time congressmen is wrong. Congress was not set up to be a full time retirement program. I also believe we have start or initiated the bad blood between Iran and Syria. We should be extending a hand to renew good relationships with them. We also should not be using our military to show force. Iran is and always has been a great country until England stepped on it with their oil (BP). We should be working with them instead. We still can support Israel at the same time.

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