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    In the Committees - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    House Hearings:
    • Agriculture - Full committee hearing entitled "Examining the 2017 Agenda for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.” 1300 LHOB (10:00-Open)
    • Foreign Affairs - Full committee hearing entitled "Confronting the Full Range of Iranian Threats." 2172 RHOB (10:00-Open); Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing entitled "The State Department and USAID FY 2018 Africa Budget." 2200 RHOB (2:00-Open); Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa hearing entitled "U.S. Policy Toward Lebanon." 2172 RHOB (2:00-Open)
    • House Administration - Full committee hearing entitled "Transforming GPO for the 21st Century and Beyond: Part 4." 1310 LHOB (10:30-Open)
    • Small Business - Full committee hearing entitled "Evaluating the Paperwork Reduction Act Part II: Are Burdens Being Reduced?" 2360 RHOB (11:00-Open)
    • Ways and Means - Subcommittee on Trade hearing entitled "Opportunities to Expand U.S. Trade Relationships in the Asia-Pacific Region." 1100 LHOB (2:00-Open)
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    • Energy - Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing entitled "Examining How Covered Entities Utilize the 340B Drug Pricing Program." 2123 RHOB (10:00-Open); Subcommittee on Health hearing entitled "Member Day: Testimony and Proposals on the Opioid Crisis." 2322 RHOB (10:15-Open); Subcommittee on Communications and Technology markup of H.R. ___, a bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to reauthorize appropriations for the Federal Communications Commission, to provide for certain procedural changes to the rules of the Commission to maximize opportunities for public participation and efficient decision making, and for other purposes. (Rescheduled). 2123 RHOB (1:00-Open)
    • Financial Services - Full committee markup of "H.R. 477 - “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017”, H.R. 1116- Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk Act of 2017”, H.R. 1585- To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to codify certain qualifications of individuals as accredited investors for purposes of the securities laws, H.R. 1645- the “Fostering Innovation Act of 2017”, H.R. 1699-“Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2017”, H.R. 2121-“Pension, Endowment, and Mutual Fund Access to Banking Act”,  H.R. 2148- “Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans”, H.R. 2201- “Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act”, H.R. 2396- “Privacy Notification Technical Clarification Act”,  H.R. 2706- “Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2017”,  H.R. 2954- “Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act”, H.R. 3072-“Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Examination and Reporting Threshold Act of 2017”, H.R. 3299- “Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017”, H.R. 3312- “Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2017”, H.R. 3758- “Senior Safe Act of 2017”, H.R. 3857- “Protecting Advice for Small Savers Act of 2017”, H.R. 3898- “Impeding North Korea’s Access to Finance Act of 2017”, H.R. 3903-“Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2017”, H.R. 3911- “Risk-Based Credit Examination Act”, H.R. 3948- “Protection of Source Code Act”, H.R. 3971- “Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017”, H.R. 3972- “Family Office Technical Correction Act of 2017”, H.R. 3973- “Market Data Protection Act of 2017.” 2128 RHOB (10:00-Open)
    • Natural Resources - Full committee markup on H.R. 3990- To amend title 54, United States Code, to reform the Antiquities Act of 1906, and for other purposes “National Monument Creation and Protection Act” and H.Res. 555- Of inquiry requesting the President and directing the Secretary of the Interior to transmit, respectively, certain documents and other information to the House of Representatives relating to the executive order on the review of designations under the Antiquities Act. 1334 LHOB (4:00-Open); Subcommittee on Federal Lands legislative hearing on H.R. 219- To correct the Swan Lake hydroelectric project survey boundary and to provide for the conveyance of the remaining tract of land within the corrected survey boundary to the State of Alaska "Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act"; H.R. 2630- To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land to La Paz County, Arizona, and for other purposes "La Paz County Land Conveyance Act"; H.R. 3373- To amend the District of Columbia Stadium Act of 1957 to extend for an additional 50 years the lease under which the government of the District of Columbia uses the ground under and the parking facilities associated with Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium; and H.R. 3607- To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish fees for medical services provided in units of the National Park System, and for other purposes. 1334 LHOB (10:00-Open); Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources legislative hearing on the Discussion Draft of the "Accessing Strategic Resources Offshore Act" or "ASTRO Act." 1334 LHOB (2:00-Open)
    • Oversight & Govt Reform - Subcommittee on National Security hearing entitled “Review of the U.S. Government’s Role in Protecting International Religious Freedom.” 2154 RHOB (10:00-Open); Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing entitled “Security Clearance Investigation Challenges and Reforms.” 2154 RHOB (2:00-Open)
    • Rules - Meeting on S. 585—Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. H-313, Capitol. (5:00-Open)
    • Science, Space & Tech. - Subcommittee on Oversight hearing entitled "NIST’s Physical Security Vulnerabilities: A GAO Undercover Review.” 2318 RHOB (10:00-Open)
    • Transportation and Infrastructure - Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing entitled "Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Highways and Transit Stakeholders’ Perspectives." 2167 RHOB (10:00-Open)
    • Veterans' Affairs - Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity legislative hearing on “H.R. 815; H.R. 3018; H.R. 3634; a draft bill entitled, “To amend title 38, United States Code, to eliminate the applicability of certain provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act to housing and business loan programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs”; a draft bill entitled, “To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements to the use of educational assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs for flight training programs”; a draft bill entitled, “To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to eligible organization for the provision of transition assistance to members of the Armed Forces recently separated from active duty service”; and a draft bill entitled, “To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the designation of State approving agencies for multi-State apprenticeship programs for purposes of the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.” 334 CHOB (2:00-Open)
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