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Senate - meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.


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    In the Committees - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Senate Hearings:
    • Agriculture - Hearings to examine the nominations of Stephen Censky, of Missouri, to be Deputy Secretary, and Ted McKinney, of Indiana, to be Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, both of the Department of Agriculture. SH-216 (09:30 AM)
    • Armed Services - Hearings to examine recent Navy incidents at sea. SD-G50 (10:00 AM)
    • Commerce - Hearings to examine S.1693, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of that Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sex trafficking. SR-253 (10:30 AM)
    • Energy - Business meeting to consider the nominations of Richard Glick, of Virginia, and Kevin J. McIntyre, of Virginia, bothto be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and David S. Jonas, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, all of the Department of Energy, and Joseph Balash, of Alaska, to be an Assistant Secretary, and Ryan Douglas Nelson, of Idaho, to be Solicitor, both of the Department of the Interior; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the vegetation management requirements for electricity assets located on Federal lands and to receive testimony on Section 2310 of S.1460, to provide for the modernization of the energy and natural resources policies of the United States, and H.R.1873, to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution facilities on Federal lands by facilitating vegetation management on such lands. SD-366 (09:30 AM)
    • Finance - Hearings to examine business tax reform. SD-215 (10:00 AM)
    • Foreign Relations - Business meeting to consider H.R.390, to provide emergency relief for victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Iraq and Syria, for accountability for perpetrators of these crimes, S.Res.168, supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia, an original bill entitled, "Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017", and the nominations of Barbara Lee, of California, and Christopher Smith, of New Jersey, both to be a Representative to the Seventy-second Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Doug Manchester, of California, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Kathleen Troia McFarland, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, and Stephen B. King, of Wisconsin, to be Ambassador to the Czech Republic, all of the Department of State, and Steven T. Mnuchin, of California, to be United States Governor of the International Monetary Fund, United States Governor of the African Development Bank, United States Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank, United States Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United States Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United States Governor of the African Development Fund, and United States Governor of the Asian Development Bank; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the nominations of Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., of Utah, to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation, and A. Wess Mitchell, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary (European and Eurasian Affairs), both of the Department of State. SD-419 (10:00 AM)
    • Health and Education - Hearings to examine the nominations of Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel, Department of Education, and Janet Dhillon, of Pennsylvania, and Daniel M. Gade, of North Dakota, both to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. SD-430 (10:00 AM)
    • Intelligence - To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters. SH-219 (02:30 PM)
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