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Virtual Currencies, Memo Declassification & Budget Reform - Committees This Week

by Countable | 2.5.18

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.



  • Intelligence: Hearing to consider publicly disclosing classified material (Read more here) ― 5pm.

  • Rules: Hearing to structure floor debate related to three bills ― 5pm:

    • H.R. 1153: Mortgage Choice Act of 2017

    • H.R. 772: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017

    • H.R. 4771: Small Bank Holding Company Relief Act of 2018

  • House Administration: Hearing to markup two draft pieces of legislation reforming procedures for dealing with workplace harassment in Congress ― 5:15pm.


  • Agriculture: Hearing titled "The State of the Rural Economy" ― 9:30am.

  • Natural Resources

    • Subcommittee on Federal Lands: Hearing to markup three bills ― 10am.
  • Science, Space, and Technology: Hearing titled "In Defense of Scientific Integrity: Examining Monograph Programme and Glyphosate Review" ― 10am.

  • Foreign Affairs: Hearing titled "U.S. Cyber Diplomacy in an Era of Growing Threats" ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa: Hearing titled "Syria: Which Way Forward?" ― 2pm.

    • Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific: Hearing titled "U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Reassessing Priorities Amid Continued Challenges" ― 2pm.

  • Financial Services: Hearing titled "The Annual Report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council" ― 10am.

  • Oversight & Government Reform: Hearing to markup 15 bills ― 10am.

  • Armed Services: Hearing titled "The National Defense Strategy and the Nuclear Posture Review" ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces: Hearing titled "Addressing Physiological Episodes in Fighter, Attack, and Training Aircraft" ― 3:30pm.
  • Veterans’ Affairs: Hearing titled "VA Caregiver Support Program: Correcting Course for Veteran Caregivers" ― 10am.

  • Energy and Commerce

    • Subcommittee on Energy: Hearing titled "DOE Modernization: Advancing the Economic and National Security Benefits of America’s Nuclear Infrastructure" ― 10am.
  • Homeland Security

    • Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications: Hearing titled "Ensuring Effective and Reliable Alerts and Warnings" ― 10am.
  • Education and the Workforce

    • Subcommittee on Workforce Protections: Hearing titled "Reviewing the Policies and Priorities of the Mine Safety and Health Administration" ― 1:30pm.
  • Ways and Means

    • Subcommittee on Health: Hearing titled "The Opioid Crisis: Removing Barriers to Prevent and Treat Opioid ABuse and Dependence in Medicare" ― 3pm.


  • Ways and Means

    • Subcommittee on Social Security: Hearing titled "Ensuring Social Security Serves America’s Veterans" ― 9am.
  • Armed Services

    • Subcommittee on Military Personnel: Hearing titled "Senior Leader Misconduct: Prevention and Accountability" ― 9am.



  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Hearing to examine virtual currencies, focusing on the oversight role of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ― 10am.

  • Energy and Natural Resources: Hearing to examine two bills ― 10am:

    • S. 2182: To provide for the resettlement and relocation of the people of Bikini

    • S. 2325: To incentivize the hiring of U.S. workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

  • Foreign Relations: Hearing to examine the administration’s South Asia strategy on Afghanistan ― 10am.

  • Judiciary: Hearing to examine beneficial ownership, focusing on fighting illicit international financial networks through transparency ― 10am.

  • Armed Services: Receiving a closed briefing on the National Defense Strategy ― 2:30pm.

  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing to examine reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, focusing on improving college affordability ― 10am.

    • Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security: Hearing to examine the "Gig Economy" and the future of retirement savings ― 2:30pm.
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

    • Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management: Hearing titled "Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Ways of Funding Government: Exploring the Cost to Taxpayers of Spending Uncertainty caused by Governing through Continuing Resolutions, Giant Omnibus Spending Bills, and Shutdown Crises" ― 2:30pm.
  • Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security: Hearing to examine data security and bug bounty programs, focusing on lessons learned from the Uber breach and security researchers ― 2:45pm.


  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Hearing to examine reauthorizing the Dept. of Homeland Security, focusing on positioning DHS to address new and emerging threats to the Homeland ― 10am.

  • Environment and Public Works: Hearing to examine the impact of federal environmental regulations and policies on American farming and ranching communities

  • Armed Services

    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities: Hearing to examine defending the homeland, focusing on Dept. of Defense’s role in countering weapons of mass destruction ― 2:30pm.

    • Subcommittee on Airland: Hearing to examine Army modernization ― 3:30pm.

  • Energy and Natural Resources

    • Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining: Hearing to examine 15 bills ― 10am.
  • Veterans’ Affairs: Hearing to examine 18 pending bills ― 2:30pm.


  • Energy and Natural Resources: Hearing to examine the evolution of energy infrastructure in the U.S. and how lessons learned from the past can inform future opportunities ― 10am.

  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Hearing to examine the opioid crisis, focusing on the impact on children and families ― 10am.

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

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!

― Eric Revell


Written by Countable

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