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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 182 (Wednesday, November 8, 2017)]
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CLOSE TO HOME: HOW OPIOIDS ARE IMPACTING COMMUNITIES
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Early
Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education; and Subcommittee on
Higher Education and Workforce Development held a joint hearing
entitled “Close to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities”.
Testimony was heard from Leana Wen, Commissioner, Baltimore City Health
Department; David Cox, Superintendent, Allegany County, Maryland; and
MACRA AND ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT MODELS: DEVELOPING OPTIONS FOR VALUE-
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing
entitled “MACRA and Alternative Payment Models: Developing Options for
Value-based Care”. Testimony was heard from Jeffrey Bailet,
Chairperson, Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory
Committee, Department of Health and Human Services; and public
ADMINISTRATION PRIORITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and
Trade held a hearing entitled “Administration Priorities for the
International Financial Institutions”. Testimony was heard from David
Malpass, Under Secretary for International Affairs, Department of the
FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE AND ENFORCEMENT: TREASURY'S ROLE IN SAFEGUARDING
THE AMERICAN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit
Finance held a hearing entitled “Financial Intelligence and
Enforcement: Treasury's Role in Safeguarding the American Financial
System”. Testimony was heard from Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for
Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Department of the Treasury.
THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN: OBJECTIVES AND
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and North
Africa; and Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held a joint hearing
entitled “The President's Plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan:
Objectives and Resources”. Testimony was heard from Alice G. Wells,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Acting Special Representative for
Afghanistan and Pakistan, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs,
Department of State; and Gregory Huger, Assistant to the Administrator,
Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, U.S. Agency for
EXAMINING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE KINGPIN DESIGNATION ACT IN THE
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
held a hearing entitled “Examining the Effectiveness of the Kingpin
Designation Act in the Western Hemisphere”. Testimony was heard from
PREVENTING THE NEXT ATTACK: TSA'S ROLE IN KEEPING OUR TRANSPORTATION
Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Preventing the Next Attack: TSA's Role in Keeping Our Transportation
Systems Secure”. Testimony was heard from David P. Pekoske,
Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, Department of
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 3989,
the “USA Liberty Act of 2017”. H.R. 3989 was ordered reported, as
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee concluded a markup on
H.R. 995, the “21st Century Respect Act”; H.R. 1532, the “Poarch
Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act”; H.R. 180, to direct the
Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain Federal land to facilitate
scientific research supporting Federal space and defense programs; H.R.
2504, to ensure fair treatment in licensing requirements for the export
of certain echinoderms; H.R. 2907, the “Planning for American Energy
Act of 2017”; H.R. 3469, to designate the bridge located in Blount
County, Tennessee, on the Foothills Parkway (commonly known as “Bridge
2”) as the “Dean Stone Bridge”; H.R. 3905, the “Minnesota's
Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act”; H.R. 4239, the
“SECURE American Energy Act”; and S. 140, to amend the White Mountain
Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use
of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund. H.R. 995, H.R. 1800, and H.R.
4239 were ordered reported, as amended. H.R. 1532, H.R. 2504, H.R.
2907, H.R. 3469, H.R. 3905, and S. 140 were ordered reported, without
MOVING THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN ISRAEL TO JERUSALEM: CHALLENGES AND
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National
Security held a hearing entitled “Moving the American Embassy in
Israel to Jerusalem: Challenges and Opportunities”. Testimony was
heard from public witnesses.
GEOENGINEERING: INNOVATION, RESEARCH, AND TECHNOLOGY
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on
Environment; and Subcommittee on Energy held a joint hearing entitled
“Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology”. Testimony was
heard from Phil Rasch, Chief Scientist for Climate Science, Laboratory
Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and public witnesses.
HIRING MORE HEROES: A REVIEW OF SBA'S OFFICE OF VETERANS BUSINESS
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Hiring More Heroes: A Review of SBA's Office of Veterans Business
Development”. Testimony was heard from Barbara Carson, Associate
Administrator, Office of Veterans Business Development, Small Business
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a markup on H.R.
4243, the “VA Asset and Infrastructure Review Act of 2017”. H.R. 4243
was ordered reported, as amended.
A REVIEW OF THE INTERAGENCY TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND THE NEED
FOR ENHANCED OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
held a hearing entitled “A Review of the Interagency Transition
Assistance Program and the Need for Enhanced Outcome Measurements”.
Testimony was heard from Cindy Brown Barnes, Director, Education,
Workforce and Income Security, Government Accountability Office;
Margarita Devlin, Executive Director, Benefits Assistance Service,
Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Ivan
E. Denton, Director, Office of National Programs, Veterans' Employment
and Training Service, Department of Labor; Judd H. Lyons, Director,
Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, Office of the Under
Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of
Defense; Brigadier General Robert Bennett, Adjutant General, U.S. Army;
Rear Admiral Karl O. Thomas, Director, 21st Century Sailor Office,
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy; Brigadier General
Kathleen A. Cook, Director, Air Force Services, Manpower, Personnel and
Services; and Brigadier General Kurt W. Stein, Director, Marine and
Family Programs, U.S. Marine Corps.
Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee continued a markup on H.R.
1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT
Conferees agreed to file a conference report on the differences
between the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 2810, to authorize
appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the
Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense
activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel
strengths for such fiscal year.
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