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THE NEXT FARM BILL: DAIRY POLICY
Committee on Agriculture: Full Committee held a hearing entitled “The
Next Farm Bill: Dairy Policy”. Testimony was heard from public
VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction,
Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held an oversight hearing on the
Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General. Testimony was heard from
Michael J. Missal, Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs.
THE EVOLUTION OF HYBRID WARFARE AND KEY CHALLENGES
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“The Evolution of Hybrid Warfare and Key Challenges”. Testimony was
heard from public witnesses.
THE CURRENT STATE OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness held a hearing
entitled “The Current State of the U.S. Air Force”. Testimony was
heard from Major General Scott D. West, Director of Current Operations
and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, U.S. Air Force Headquarters;
Lieutenant General Maryanne Miller, Chief, U.S. Air Force Reserve; and
Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice, Director, U.S. Air National Guard.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment held a
hearing on H.R. 806, the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of
2017”. Testimony was heard from Sean Alteri, Director, Division of Air
Quality, Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection; Marc A. R.
Cone, Director, Bureau of Air Quality, Maine Department of
Environmental Protection; Nancy Vehr, Air Quality Administrator,
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality; Kurt Karperos, Deputy
Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board; Seyed Sadredin,
Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer, San Joaquin Valley
Air Pollution Control District; and a public witness.
EXAMINING FDA'S PRESCRIPTION DRUG USER FEE PROGRAM
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing
entitled “Examining FDA's Prescription Drug User Fee Program”.
Testimony was heard from Janet Woodcock, Director, Center for Drug
Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration; and public
Committee on Ethics: Full Committee held an organizational meeting for
the 115th Congress. The committee adopted its rules for the 115th
EXAMINING RESULTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE WORLD BANK
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and
Trade held a hearing entitled “Examining Results and Accountability at
the World Bank”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
THE JOBS ACT AT FIVE: EXAMINING ITS IMPACT AND ENSURING THE
COMPETITIVENESS OF THE U.S. CAPITAL MARKETS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets,
Securities, and Investment held a hearing entitled “The JOBS Act at
Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the U.S.
Capital Markets”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ANTI-SEMITISM ACROSS BORDERS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health,
Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing
entitled “Anti-Semitism Across Borders”. Testimony was heard from
U.S. POLICY TOWARD THE BALTIC STATES
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and
Emerging Threats held a hearing entitled “U.S. Policy Toward the
Baltic States”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
A BORDERLESS BATTLE: DEFENDING AGAINST CYBER THREATS
Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“A Borderless Battle: Defending Against Cyber Threats”. Testimony was
heard from public witnesses.
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 1393,
the “Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017”;
H.R. 695, the “Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017”; H.R. 883,
the “Targeting Child Predators Act of 2017”; and H.R. 1188, the
“Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017”. H.R. 1393 and H.R. 883 were
ordered reported, without amendment. H.R. 695 and H.R. 1188 were
ordered reported, as amended.
THE STATUS OF THE PUERTO RICO ELECTRIC POWER AUTHORITY RESTRUCTURING
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and
Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing entitled “The Status of the
Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Restructuring Support Agreement”.
Testimony was heard from Ricardo Rossello, Governor, Puerto Rico; Jose
B. Carrion III, Chairman, Financial Oversight and Management Board for
Puerto Rico; Luis Benitez Hernandez, Chairman, Puerto Rico Electric
Power Authority Governing Board; Ana J. Matosantos, Member, Financial
Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico; and public witnesses.
LAW ENFORCEMENT'S USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a
hearing entitled “Law Enforcement's Use of Facial Recognition
Technology”. Testimony was heard from Kimberly Del Greco, Deputy
Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Information Services Division,
Federal Bureau of Investigation; Diana Maurer, Director, Homeland
Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office; Charles
Romine, Director, Information Technology Lab, National Institute of
Standards and Technology; and public witnesses.
EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF VOLUNTARY RESTRICTED DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS IN
THE PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAIN
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on
Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules held a hearing entitled
“Examining the Impact of Voluntary Restricted Distribution Systems in
the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain”. Testimony was heard from Janet
Woodcock, Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and
Drug Administration; and public witnesses.
AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT OF 2017; HOUSE RESOLUTION WAIVING A
REQUIREMENT OF CLAUSE 6(A) OF RULE XIII WITH RESPECT TO CONSIDERATION
OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, AND
PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES
Committee on Rules: Full Committee began a hearing on the “American
Health Care Act of 2017”; and held a hearing on a house resolution
waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to
consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on
Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.
The Committee granted, by record vote of 9-3, a rule that waives clause
6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on
the same day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against any
resolution reported through the legislative day of March 27, 2017. In
section 2, the rule provides that it shall be in order at any time
through the calendar day of March 26, 2017, for the Speaker to
entertain motions that the House suspend the rules and that the Speaker
or his designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or her designee
on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this
THE ISS AFTER 2024: OPTIONS AND IMPACTS
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Space held
a hearing entitled “The ISS after 2024: Options and Impacts”.
Testimony was heard from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator
for Human Exploration and Operations, National Aeronautics and Space
Administration; and public witnesses.
MAKING WASHINGTON WORK FOR AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Making Washington Work For America's Small Businesses”. Testimony
was heard from public witnesses.
HEALTHY HIRING: ENABLING VA TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN QUALITY PROVIDERS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing
entitled “Healthy Hiring: Enabling VA to Recruit and Retain Quality
Providers”. Testimony was heard from Robert Goldenkoff, Director,
Strategic Issues, Government Accountability Office; Steve Young, Deputy
Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management, Veterans
Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public
EXAMINING THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION'S REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE
PROGRAM: WHO PROVIDES HELP
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee
on Social Security held a joint hearing entitled “Examining the Social
Security Administration's Representative Payee Program: Who Provides
Help”. Testimony was heard from Marianna LaCanfora, Acting Deputy
Commissioner, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Social
Security Administration; Gale Stallworth Stone, Acting Inspector
General, Social Security Administration; David Slayton, Administrative
Director, Office of Court Administration, Texas Judicial Branch; and
VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS LEGISLATIVE PRESENTATIONS
Joint Hearing: Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs concluded a joint
hearing with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to examine the
legislative presentation of multiple veterans service organizations,
after receiving testimony from Colonel Carl A. Singer, USA (Ret.),
Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, Passaic, New
Jersey; Donald Larson, Fleet Reserve Association, Ingleside, Texas;
Chief Master Sergeant Mark Stevenson, (Ret.), Air Force Sergeants
Association, Bowie, Maryland; Hershel W. Gober, Military Order of the
Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Palm Coast, Florida; Charles Susino, Jr.,
American Ex-Prisoners of War, Metuchen, New Jersey; Robert D. Stamper,
Blinded Veterans Association, Hayden, Idaho; Master Sergeant John
Adams, USAF (Ret.), The Retired Enlisted Association, Colorado Springs,
Colorado; and Lieutenant Colonel Aniela Szymanski, USMCR, Military
Officers Association of America, and Allison Jaslow, Iraq and
Afghanistan Veterans of America, both of Washington, D.C.
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