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House - meets at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Senate - meets at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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    In the Committees - Thursday, July 24, 2014

    House Committees:
    • Agriculture - Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition Subc. On examining the role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in relation to other federal assistance programs. Public witnesses. 1300 LHOB. ( 2:30-Open)
    • Energy - Energy and Power Subc. On examining the economic impacts from the differing energy policies of the various states, as well as how federal policies may impact states. Public witnesses. 2123 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open) Communications and Technology Subc. On H.R. 3670 ? Anti-Spoofing Act of 2013, H.R. ___ - LPTV and Translator Act of 2014, and H.R. ___ - E-LABEL Act. MC?s and public witnesses. 2322 RHOB. ( 10:15-Open)
    • Financial Services - Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subc. On oversight of the SEC?s Division of Corporation Finance. Dept. witnesses. 2128 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open)
    • Foreign Affairs - Middle East and North Africa Subc. On discussing the struggle for civil society in Egypt. Dept. and public witnesses. 2172 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open) Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subc. On examining the global challenge of Autism. Public witnesses. 2200 RHOB. ( 2:00-Open) Asia and the Pacific Subc. On discussing U.S.-India relations under the Modi Government. Dept. witnesses. 2172 RHOB. ( 3:00-Open)
    • Homeland Security - Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subc. On discussing efforts to detect and deter terrorist travel. Public witnesses. 311 CHOB. ( 10:00-Open)
    • Judiciary - Full Committee. On examining balanced budget amendments for the purpose of finding solutions to the national debt. MC?s and public witnesses. 2141 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open) Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subc. On discussing copyright remedies. 2141 RHOB. ( 1:30-Open)
    • Natural Resources - Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subc. On examining threats, intimidation, and bullying by federal land managing agencies. Public witnesses. 1324 LHOB. ( 2:00-Open)
    • Oversight & Govt Reform - Full Committee. On discussing the Federal Trade Commission and its Section 5 authority. Public witnesses. 2154 RHOB. ( 9:30-Open) Full Committee. Markup of H.R. ___ - Senior Executive Service Accountability Act, H.R. ___ - Federal Records Act Accountability, H.R. 4874 ? Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act of 2014, H.R. 24 ? Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2014, and a joint staff report entitled ?Pseudo-Classification of Executive Branch Documents: Problems with the Transportation Security Administration?s Use of the Sensitive Security Information Designation?. 2154 RHOB. ( 1:00-Open)
    • Rules - Full Committee. Markup of H.Res. 676 - Providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States. H-313 Capitol. ( 10:00-Open)
    • Small Business - Agriculture, Energy, and Trade Subc. On examining ways to modernize agriculture producer size standards. Dept. and public witnesses. 2360 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open)
    • Transportation and Infrastructure - Water Resources and Environment Subc. On discussing the EPA?s integrated planning and permitting initiative and legislative efforts being made to supplement the program. Public witnesses. 2167 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open)
    • Veterans' Affairs - Full Committee. On discussing how to restore trust in the Department of Veterans Affairs with views from the acting secretary and the veterans community. Dept. and public witnesses. 334 CHOB. ( 9:30-Open)
    • Ways and Means - Health Subc. On examining the current status of the Medicare Advantage program and the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the program. Public witnesses. 1100 LHOB. ( 10:00-Open)
    • SELECT INTELLIGENCE - Full Committee. Markup of the Technical and Tactical Intelligence subcommittee report and member access requests. HVC-304 Capitol. ( 10:00-Open/Ex.)
    Senate Committees:
    • Energy - Hearings to examine the nomination of Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy. SD-366. (10:00 AM)
    • Finance - Hearings to examine Social Security, focusing on a fresh look at workers' disability insurance. SD-215. (10:00 AM)
    • Foreign Relations - Hearings to examine Iraq at a crossroads, focusing on options for United States policy. SD-419. (10:00 AM)
    • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs - Hearings to examine the nomination of Anne E. Rung, of Pennsylvania, to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget. SD-342. (10:30 AM); Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia. Hearings to examine making the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) more effective for streamlined disaster operations, focusing on the path to efficiency. SD-342. (02:30 PM); Hearings to examine the nomination of Joseph L. Nimmich, of Maryland, to be Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. SD-342. (03:45 PM)
    • Health and Education - Hearings to examine the role of states in higher education. SD-430. (10:00 AM)
    • Judiciary - Hearings to examine the nominations of Stephen R. Bough, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, Armando Ormar Bonilla, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, and Wendy Beetlestone, Mark A. Kearney, Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., and Gerald J. Pappert, all to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. SD-226. (10:15 AM)
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    Monkey Cage: Don't expect campaign finance reform to reduce polarization
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    AZ: Arizona's immigration law gets its day in U.S. Supreme Court
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    NC: North Carolina judge vacates death penalty under racial justice law
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