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    In the Committees - Thursday, June 15, 2017

    House Hearings:
    • Visit - for an up-to-date list of committee hearings and locations. (http://docs.house.gov/committee)
    • Appropriations - Subcommittee on Defense, budget hearing on the Department of Defense. 2359 RHOB. (9:00-Open); Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, budget hearing on the Department of Transportation.  2358-A RHOB. (11:00-Open); Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, budget hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency. 2007 RHOB. (11:00-Open); Full Committee, markup on the FY 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, and the Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2018.  2359 RHOB. (2:00-Open)
    • Education - Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, hearing entitled "Helping Americans Get Back to Work: Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act." 2175 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Energy - Subcommittee on Environment, markup on H.R. 806, the "Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017"; legislation on the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017; and legislation on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017. 2123 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Financial Services - Full Committee, markup on H.R. 2875, the "National Flood Insurance Program Administrative Reform Act of 2017"; and H.R. 2874, the "21st Century Flood Reform Act of 2917." 2128 RHOB. (9:00-Open)
    • Foreign Affairs - Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, hearing entitled "Foreign Military Sales: Process and Policy." 2172 RHOB. (10:00-Open); Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, markup on H.R. 1415, the "End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act." 2255 RHOB. (11:30-Open); Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, hearing entitled "Africa's Current and Potential Famines." 2255 RHOB. (11:45-Open); Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, hearing entitled "Russia's Strategic Objectives in the Middle East and North Africa." 2172 RHOB. (2:00-Open); Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, markup on H. Res. 311, to recognize that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia; H.R. 535, the "Taiwan Travel Act"; H.R. 2061, the "North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017"; and H.R. 2397, the "Distribution and Promotion of Rights and Knowledge Act of 2017." 2200 RHOB. (2:30-Open); Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, hearing entitled "Renewing Assurances: Strengthening U.S.-Taiwan Ties." 2200 RHOB. (2:45-Open)
    • Intelligence - Full Committee, budget hearing entitled "Ongoing Intelligence Activities: FY 18 Budget Request." HVC-304. This hearing will be closed. (9:00-Closed)
    • Judiciary - Full Committee, hearing entitled "Data Stored Abroad: Ensuring Lawful Access and Privacy Protection in the Digital Era." 2141 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Natural Resources - June 15, Subcommittee on Federal Lands, hearing on legislation to expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, and for other purposes. 1324 LHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Science, Space & Tech. - Subcommittee on Oversight; and Subcommittee on Research and Technology, joint hearing entitled "Bolstering the Government's Cybersecurity: Lessons Learned from WannaCry.” 2318 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Small Business - Full Committee, markup on H.R. 2763, the "Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017"; H.R. 2594, the "Small Business Payment for Performance Act of 2017"; H.R. 2333, the "Small Business Investment Opportunity Act of 2017"; H.R. 2364, the "Investing in Main Street Act of 2017"; and H.R. 2056, the "Microloan Modernization Act of 2017." 2360 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Ways and Means - Full Committee, markup on  H.R. 1551, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities; H.R. 2742, the "Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act"; H.R. 2857, the "Supporting Families in Substance Abuse Treatment Act"; H.R. 2834, the "Partnership Grants to Strengthen Families Affected by Parental Substance Abuse Act"; H.R. 2866, the "Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act"; H.R. 2847, the "Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act"; H.R. 2842, the "Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act." 1100 LHOB. (10:00-Open)
    Senate Hearings:
    • Agriculture - Hearings to examine agricultural research, focusing on perspectives on past and future successes for the 2018 Farm Bill. SR-328A (09:30 AM)
    • Appropriations - Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of Health and Human Services. SD-138 (10:00 AM)
    • Armed Services - Hearings to examine the posture of the Department of the Navy in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2018 and the Future Years Defense Program. SD-G50 (09:30 AM)
    • Banking - Hearings to examine fostering economic growth, focusing on midsized, regional, and large institution perspective. SD-538 (09:45 AM)
    • Energy - Hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2018 for the Forest Service. SD-366 (10:00 AM)
    • Environment - Business meeting to consider the nomination of Kristine L. Svinicki, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. SD-406 (10:00 AM)
    • Foreign Relations - Hearings to examine the nomination of Mark Andrew Green, of Wisconsin, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. SD-419 (10:15 AM)
    • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs - Hearings to examine agency approaches to reorganization, focusing on the Office of Management and Budget's memorandum on the Federal workforce. SD-342 (09:30 AM)
    • Intelligence - To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters. SH-219 (01:30 PM); Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters. SH-219 (02:30 PM)
    • Judiciary - Business meeting to consider S.1312, to prioritize the fight against human trafficking in the United States, S.1311, to provide assistance in abolishing human trafficking in the United States, and the nominations of David C. Nye, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho, Scott L. Palk, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, Vishal J. Amin, of Michigan, to be Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Executive Office of the President, Stephen Elliott Boyd, of Alabama, to be an Assistant Attorney General, and Lee Francis Cissna, of Maryland, to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. SD-226 (10:00 AM)
    • Veterans - Hearings to examine S.75, to provide for the reconsideration of claims for disability compensation for veterans who were the subjects of experiments by the Department of Defense during World War II that were conducted to assess the effects of mustard gas or lewisite on people, S.111, to require the Secretary of Defense to establish a process to determine whether individuals claiming certain service in the Philippines during World War II are eligible for certain benefits despite not being on the Missouri List, S.410, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the transfer of unused Post-9/11 Educational Assistance benefits to additional dependents upon the death of the originally designated dependent, S.473, the amend title 38, United States Code, to make qualification requirements for entitlement to Post-9/11 Education Assistance more equitable, to improve support of veterans receiving such educational assistance, S.758, to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's review and publication of illness and conditions relating to veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and their family members, S.798, to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program to apply to individuals pursuing programs of education while on active duty, to recipients of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship, and to programs of education pursued on half-time basis or less, S.844, to amend title 38, United States Code, to consider certain time spent by members of reserve components of the Armed Forces while receiving medical care from the Secretary of Defense as active duty for purposes of eligibility for Post-9/11 Educational Assistance, S.882, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the entitlement to educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs for members of the Armed Forces awarded the Purple Heart, S.1192, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for pro-rated charges to entitlement to educational assistance under Department of Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program for certain licensure and certification tests and national tests, S.1209, to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the amount of special pension for Medal of Honor recipients, S.1218, to promote Federal employment for veterans, S.1277, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a high technology education pilot program, and an original bill to authorize a dependent to transfer Post-9/11 Educational Assistance in cases in which the dependent received entitlement from an individual who subsequently died. SR-418 (11:00 AM)
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