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House - meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
Senate - meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

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    In the Committees - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    House Committees:
    • Agriculture - Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit Subc. On coordinating future investments in broadband. Dept. and public witnesses. 1300 LHOB. ( 10:00-Open)
    • Armed Services - Full Committee. On discussing U.S. policy options in Iraq and Syria. Public witnesses. 2118 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open) Full Committee. Markup of H.Res. 644 ? Condemning and disapproving of the Obama administration?s failure to comply with the lawful statutory requirement to notify Congress before releasing individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and expressing national security concerns over the release of five Taliban leaders and the repercussions of negotiating with terrorists. 2118 RHOB. ( 2:30-Open)
    • Energy - Energy and Power Subc. On discussing perspectives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the EPA?s proposed Clean Power Plan and other grid reliability challenges. Dept. witnesses. 2123 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open) Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subc. On discussing the growing field of nanotechnology. Public witnesses. 2322 RHOB. ( 10:15-Open) Full Committee. Markup of H.R. 3522 ? Employee Health Care Protection Act, H.R. 4701 ? Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases Act of 2014, H.R. 4067 ? To provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2014, H.R. ___ - To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide for recommendations for the development and use of clinical data registries for the improvement of patient care, H.R. 3670 ? Anti-Spoofing Act of 2013, H.R. 5161 ? E-LABEL Act, and H.R. 1575 ? Kelsey Smith Act. 2123 RHOB. ( 4:00-Open)
    • Financial Services - Full Committee. Markup of H.R. 5018 ? Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, H.R. 4329 ? Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2014, H.R. 3240 ? Regulation D Study Act, H.R. 3913 ? To amend the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 to require agencies to make considerations relating to the promotion of efficiency, competition, and capital formation before issuing or modifying certain regulations, H.R. 4042 ? Community Bank Mortgage Service Asset Capital Requirements Study Act of 2014, and H.R. 5148 ? Access to Affordable Mortgages Act of 2014. 2128 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open)
    • Foreign Affairs - Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subc. and Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subc. Joint hrng. on discussing the shoot down of Malaysian Flight 17 and the escalating crisis in Ukraine. Public witnesses. 2172 RHOB. ( 10:15-Open) Full Committee. On examining the extension of nuclear negotiations with Iran. Dept. witnesses. 2172 RHOB. ( 2:00-Open)
    • Homeland Security - Transportation Security Subc. On examining the TSA?s management of the Screening Partnership Program. Dept. and public witnesses. 311 CHOB. ( 9:30-Open) Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subc. On discussing how to protect the homeland from nuclear and radiological threats. Dept. witnesses. 311 CHOB. ( 2:00-Open)
    • Judiciary - Full Committee. On oversight of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Dept. witnesses. 2141 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open)
    • Natural Resources - Energy and Mineral Resources Subc. On H.R. 596 ? Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013, H.R. 1363 ? Exploring for Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act, and H.R. 2004 ? Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013. Public witnesses. 1334 LHOB. ( 10:00-Open) Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subc. On H.R. 445 ? National Heritage Area Act of 2013, H.R. 1785 ? Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act, H.R. 4119 ? West Hunter Street Baptist Church Study Act, H.R. 4901 ? Advancing Conservation and Education Act of 2014, H.R. 4979 ? Red River Private Property Protection Act, H.R. 5086 ? To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designing the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, S. 311 ? Lower Mississippi River Area Study Act, S. 476 ? To amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission, and S. 609 ? San Juan County Federal Land Conveyance Act. Public witnesses. 1324 LHOB. ( 10:00-Open) Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Subc. On H.R. 3608 ? Grand Portage Band Per Capita Adjustment Act, H.R. 4534 ? Native American Children?s Safety Act, H.R. 5020 ? Indian Tribal Self-Determination in Land Consolidation Act of 2014, H.R. 5049 ? Blackfoot River Land Exchange Act of 2014, and H.R. 5050 ? May 31, 1918 Act Repeal Act. Dept. and public witnesses. 1324 LHOB. ( 2:00-Open)
    • Oversight & Govt Reform - Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs Subc. On examining allegations of corruption at the Export-Import Bank. Dept. and public witnesses. 2154 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open) Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements Subc. On examining the federal government?s failure to curb wasteful state Medicaid financing schemes. 2247 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open) Government Operations Subc. On eliminating waste and mismanagement of federal real property assets. 2203 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open)
    • Rules - Full Committee. On 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. ( 3:00-Open)
    • Ways and Means - Social Security Subc. On examining the financial status of Social Security programs, the factors influencing the benefits paid, the status of Americans? retirement readiness and how workers can be helped to better plan for retirement. Public witnesses. B-318 RHOB. ( 11:00-Open) Trade Subc. On examining the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the U.S. trade policy in sub-Saharan Africa. Public witnesses. 1100 LHOB. ( 2:00-Open)
    • SCIENCE, SPACE, & TECHNOLOGY - Research and Technology Subc. On reviewing the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Dept. and public witnesses. 2318 RHOB. ( 10:00-Open)
    Senate Committees:
    • Budget - Hearings to examine the economic and budgetary consequences of climate change, focusing on the cost of inaction. SD-608. (10:00 AM)
    • Commerce - Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee. Hearings to examine revisiting the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies (RESTORE) Act, focusing on progress and challenges in Gulf restoration post-Deepwater Horizon.
      SR-253. (10:30 AM); Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security. Hearings to examine opportunities and challenges for improving truck safety on our highways. SR-253. (03:00 PM)
    • Energy - Hearings to examine breaking the logjam at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), focusing on ways to more efficiently process permits for energy production on Federal lands, and understanding the obstacles in permitting more energy projects on Federal lands, including S.279, to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and S.2440, to expand and extend the program to improve permit coordination by the Bureau of Land Management. SD-366. (02:30 PM)
    • Environment - Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee. Hearings to examine the threats posed by climate change. SD-406. (02:30 PM)
    • Finance - Hearings to examine tobacco, focusing on taxes owed, avoided, and evaded. SD-215. (10:00 AM); International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness. Hearings to examine the United States-Korea free trade agreement, focusing on lessons learned two years later. SD-215. (02:30 PM)
    • Foreign Relations - Hearings to examine Iran, focusing on the status of the P-5+1 negotiations with Iran. SD-419. (10:00 AM); Business meeting to consider S.Res.502, concerning the suspension of exit permit issuance by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo for adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents, S.Res.522, expressing the sense of the Senate supporting the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to be held in Washington, D.C. from August 4 through 6, 2014, S.Res.513, honoring the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, S.Res.520, condemning the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and expressing condolences to the families of the victims, and the nominations of Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala, Jane D. Hartley, of New York, to be Ambassador to the French Republic, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Principality of Monaco, Kevin F. O'Malley, of Missouri, to be Ambassador to Ireland, James D. Pettit, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Brent Robert Hartley, of Oregon, a to be Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia, Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of Bangladesh, David Pressman, of New York, to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, and to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations, George Albert Krol, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Allan P. Mustard, of Washington, to be Ambassador to Turkmenistan, Erica J. Barks Ruggles, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda, and John R. Bass, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, all of the Department of State; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the nominations of John Francis Tefft, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Donald L. Heflin, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cabo Verde, Craig B. Allen, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Earl Robert Miller, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana, Michele Jeanne Sison, of Maryland, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during her tenure of service as Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, and to be the Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador and the Deputy Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations, Stafford Fitzgerald Haney, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica, and Charles C. Adams, Jr., of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Finland, all of the Department of State. SD-419. (02:15 PM)
    • Intelligence - Closed business meeting to consider pending calendar business. SH-219. (02:30 PM)
    • Joint Economic Committee - Hearings to examine increasing economic opportunity for African Americans, focusing on local initiatives that are making a difference. SD-G50. (02:30 PM)
    • Judiciary - Hearings to examine the nominations of Madeline Cox Arleo, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, Victor Allen Bolden, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut, and David J. Hale, and Gregory N. Stivers, both to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky. SD-226. (09:30 AM)
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    White House says delays in curbing greenhouse gas emissions may cost billions
    The White House issued a report Tuesday warning that the United States could face billions of dollars in added economic costs if it delays action to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change. According to the report, each decade of delay will make it 40 percent more expensive to eventually reach the identical global climate target.
    For Tennessee GOP, it's the tea party vs. the legacy of Howard Baker
    NASHVILLE - On the first day of July, Sen. Lamar Alexander delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral of his political mentor, Howard H. Baker Jr., the former Senate majority leader and godfather of the Tennessee Republican Party.
    Bloomberg gun group releases new ad tying guns to domestic violence
    Everytown for Gun Safety, the group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, released a new ad Tuesday that called on three Republican senators to support legislation to close federal loopholes that allow many domestic abusers to purchase guns.
    Appeals court upholds decision overturning Virginia's same-sex marriage ban
    A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying that withholding the fundamental right to marry from gay couples is a new form of "segregation" that the Constitution cannot abide.
    Netanyahu warns Israel to prepare for long Gaza conflict, as at least 10 more are killed
    JERUSALEM - Israel will press its air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, preparing his country for a longer and bloodier campaign and dashing hopes that the three-week-old conflict would end soon.
    Clashes again force investigators to abort visit to Malaysia Airlines crash site
    KIEV, Ukraine - An international team of forensics experts and investigators does not expect to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 before Wednesday or even Thursday, two full weeks after it was shot down by an antiaircraft missile fired from rebel-held territory, an official said Tuesday.
    Federal Eye: The VA bill would make firings easier. Is that a good thing?
    The Department of Veterans Affairs would have greater authority to fire senior executives under a broad proposal announced Monday to help the VA address the root causes of its recent record-keeping scandal.
    Fact Checker: Would boosting the eligibility age for Medicare save it from 'bankruptcy'?
    "We ought to have a platform to plan to save Medicare from bankruptcy. Under current law, Medicare goes bust. I don't think that's responsible. We have laid out a plan to save it from bankruptcy not only for current seniors but for future generations. I'd like to see the president and the Senate put some plan on the table other than letting it go bust, which is it will do right now."
    The Fix: How Mitt Romney spent his summer vacation
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took to the Internet Monday to talk about his recent summer vacation, sharing photos and memories of a family trip through the American West.
    In the Loop: Cruz lifts (toothless) hold on ambassador nominees
    Congratulations ambassador nominees, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is no longer holding all of your confirmations. But no, that does not mean you'll be shipping out any sooner.
    Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza; Netanyahu warns of long conflict
    GAZA CITY - Israel targeted the home of the top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in some of the heaviest bombardments since the conflict began after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned his country that the mission would be longer and bloodier than previously thought, dashing hopes for a cease-fire despite intense international efforts.
    China to investigate once-powerful Zhou Yongkang, former domestic security chief
    BEIJING - China's Communist Party launched an investigation Tuesday into former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most powerful leader yet to be targeted by President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign.
    Afghan president's cousin assassinated by suicide bomber
    KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's cousin, Hashmat Khalil Karzai, was killed at his residence by a suicide bomber on Tuesday in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, officials said.
    WorldViews: What it's like to be a doctor treating Ebola during the worst outbreak in history
    By the time Billy Fischer left the Ebola treatment center in Gueckedou, Guinea, early last month, he could complete the meticulous preparation routine in his sleep.
    Wonkblog: The middle class is 20 percent poorer than it was in 1984
    Nostalgia is just about the only thing the middle class can still afford. That's because median wealth is about 20 percent lower today, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was in 1984.
    Wonkblog: A third of consumers with credit files had debts in collections last year
    About 77 million Americans have a debt in collections, a new report finds.
    In a surprising move, Dollar Tree will buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion
    When Family Dollar announced plans in April to shutter 370 stores and slash its prices after another disappointing earnings report, most industry observers were convinced it was only a matter of time before the struggling discount retailer changed hands. The only question was who would buy it.
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    States move slowly toward digital textbooks
    Despite enthusiasm for digital textbooks at the national level, states have been slow to get on board. But the movement is gaining strength.
    Indiana gov squashes vp speculation
    TODAY'S TAKE: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is the latest GOP governor who says he's not interested in becoming Mitt Romney's running mate.
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    AZ: Arizona's immigration law gets its day in U.S. Supreme Court
    When Paul Clement walks into the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday he's going to try to convince at least five justices that Arizona has an inherent right to enforce federal immigration laws.
    NC: North Carolina judge vacates death penalty under racial justice law
    In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge on Friday vacated the death penalty of a black man convicted of murder, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged in deliberate and systematic racial discrimination when striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases.
    NJ: New Jersey drops out of lawsuit against EPA over ozone
    New Jersey has dropped out of a lawsuit challenging the White House decision to bypass strict ozone standards that the EPA had recommended as necessary to protect human health.
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