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Committee Watch: Week of January 29, 2018

by Countable | 1.29.18

Before bills and nominations are brought up for a passage vote in Congress, they typically have to be considered and approved by relevant committees. Here’s a look at what Congressional committees will be holding hearings on this week.

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.



  • Rules: Hearing to structure floor debate on H.R. 695: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 for Tuesday ― 5pm.

  • House Administration: Hearing to markup two bills to be introduced related to anti-discrimination policies and training in the House of Representatives and reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act ― 5:30pm.


  • Armed Services: Hearing titled "Readying the U.S. Military for Future Warfare" ― 10am.

  • Science, Space, and Technology: Hearing titled "Dept. of Energy: Management and Priorities" ― 10am.

  • Financial Services

    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit: Hearing titled "Examining Opportunities and Challenges in Financial Technology (“Fintech") Marketplace” ― 10am.
  • Energy and Commerce

    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology: Hearing titled "Closing the Digital Divide: Broadband Infrastructure Solutions" ― 10am.
  • Transportation and Infrastructure

    • Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation: Hearing titled "Examination of Reports on the El Faro Marine Casualty and Coast Guard’s Electronic Health Records" ― 10am.



  • Armed Services: Hearing to examine the situation on the Korean Peninsula and U.S. strategy in the Indo-Pacific region ― 10am.

  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Hearing to examine the Financial Stability Oversight Council Annual Report to Congress ― 10am.

  • Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Hearing to examine opportunities to support domestic seafood through aquaculture ― 10am.

    • Hearing to examine the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act one year later ― 2:30pm.
  • Energy and Natural Resources: Hearing to examine three nominations to the Depts. of Energy and Interior, along with an oversight hearing to examine the role of the Geological Survey and the Forest Service in preparing for and responding to natural hazard events, as well as the current status of mapping and monitoring systems ― 10am.

  • Environment and Public Works: An oversight hearing with testimony from the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ― 10am.

  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing to examine reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, focusing on accountability and risk to taxpayers ― 10am.

    • *Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security: *Hearing to examine small business health plans ― 3:30pm.
  • Foreign Relations: Hearing to examine the economic relationship between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico ― 2:30pm.

  • Intelligence: Receiving a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters ― 2:30pm.

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― Eric Revell


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