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This Week in Congress

HOUSE FLOOR

Tuesday, July 22

The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
HR 4450 — Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act
HR 1022 — A bill to develop an energy critical elements program, to amend the National Materials and Minerals Policy, Research and Development Act of 1980, and for other purposes.
HR 4802 — Airport Security Enhancement Act

Wednesday, July 23

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules.
HR 4983 — Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act
HR 5134 — A bill to extend the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance for one year.
HR 4449 — Human Trafficking Prevention Act
HR 2283 — Human Trafficking Prioritization Act

Thursday, July 24

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider a bill (HR 3136) that would create the opportunity for institutions of higher education to develop and implement competency-based education demonstration projects and a bill (HR 4984) that would increase federal financial aid counseling to include recipients of Pell Grants, parent PLUS loan borrowers, and would require the counseling be tailored for the individual student's borrowing and take place annually.
HR 3136 — Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2013
HR 4984 — Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act

Friday, July 25

The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business and is expected to consider a bill (HR 4935) that would adjust the child tax credit for inflation and eliminate its marriage penalty and a bill (HR 3393) that would make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit for qualifying college tuition and expenses. The House may also consider a concurrent resolution (H Con Res 105) that would direct the president to remove U.S. armed forces from Iraq.
HR 4935 — Child Tax Credit Improvement Act
HR 3393 — Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
H Con Res 105 — A concurrent resolution directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces, other than Armed Forces required to protect United States diplomatic facilities and personnel, from Iraq.

SENATE FLOOR

Monday, July 21

The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. and is in a period of morning business until 5:30 p.m. At that time, the Senate is expected to hold three confirmation votes on nominations.
Julie E. Carnes of Georgia to be a judge for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tuesday, July 22

The Senate will be in session. At 10:45 a.m., senators are expected to hold cloture votes on three district judge nominations. If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, their confirmation votes are expected at 2:15 p.m.
Andre Birotte Jr. to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Robin L. Rosenberg to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
John W. deGravelles to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

Tuesday, July 22

Rules for Floor Debate
House Rules Committee
House Rules Committee (Chairman Sessions, R-Texas) meeting to consider rules for floor debate for pending legislation.
Date Tuesday, July 22, 5 p.m.
Place H-313 Capitol Bldg.
HR 3136 — Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2013
HR 4984 — Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act

Wednesday, July 23

Federal Wage Structure
House Education and the Workforce — Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
Workforce Protections Subcommittee (Chairman Walberg, R-Mich.) of House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing titled "Improving the Federal Wage and Hour Regulatory Structure."
Date Wednesday, July 23, 10 a.m.
Place 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Environmental Regulation
House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
Environment and the Economy Subcommittee (Chairman Shimkus, R-Ill.) of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing titled "Modernizing the Business of Environmental Regulation and Protection."
Date Wednesday, July 23, 10 a.m.
Place 2322 Rayburn Bldg.
Henry Darwin, director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
David Cash, commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Teresa Marks, director, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
Bill Kovacs, senior vice president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Scott Slesinger, legislative director, National Resources Defense Council
Matt Wasson, director of programs, Appalachian Voices

Financial Regulatory Policy
House Financial Services Committee
House Financial Services Committee (Chairman Hensarling, R-Texas) hearing titled "Assessing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Four Years Later."
Date Wednesday, July 23, 10 a.m.
Place 2128 Rayburn Bldg.

Domestic Aviation Manufacturing
House Transportation and Infrastructure — Subcommittee on Aviation
Aviation Subcommittee (Chairman LoBiondo, R-N.J.) of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on domestic aviation manufacturing.
Date Wednesday, July 23, 10 a.m.
Place 2167 Rayburn Bldg.
Peggy Gilligan, associate administrator, aviation safety, Federal Aviation Administration
Gerald Dillingham, director, Civil Aviation Issues, Government Accountability Office
Marion Blakey, president and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association
Pete Bunce, president and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Joe Brown, president, Hartzell Propeller Inc.
Dave Cox, lead administrator, Air Washington Project

Health Law Premium Tax Credit
House Ways and Means — Subcommittee on Oversight
Oversight Subcommittee (Chairman Boustany, R-La.) of House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the health care overhaul law's premium tax credit.
Date Wednesday, July 23, 10:30 a.m.
Place 1100 Longworth Bldg.

Voting Process Assessment
House Administration Committee
House Administration Committee (Chairwoman Miller, R-Mich.) hearing titled "Examining the Voting Process: How States Can Build on Recommendations from the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission."
Date Wednesday, July 23, 10:30 a.m.
Place 1310 Longworth Bldg.
Benjamin L. Ginsberg and Robert F. Bauer, co-chairmen, Presidential Commission on Election Administration

Thursday, July 24

Federal Trade Authority
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Chairman Issa, R-Calif.) hearing titled "The Federal Trade Commission and its Section 5 Authority: Prosecutor, Judge, and Jury."
Date Thursday, July 24, 9:30 a.m.
Place 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

Medicare Advantage Assessment
House Ways and Means — Subcommittee on Health
Health Subcommittee (Chairman Brady, R-Texas) of House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the status of Medicare advantage under the health care law.
Date Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m.
Place 1100 Longworth Bldg.

Budgets and National Debt
House Judiciary Committee
House Judiciary Committee (Chairman Goodlatte, R-Va.) hearing titled "Constitutional Solutions to Our Escalating National Debt: Examining Balanced Budget Amendments."
Date Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m.
Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg.

SENATE COMMITTEES

Tuesday, July 22

U.S. Tax Code
Senate Finance Committee
Senate Finance Committee (Chairman Wyden, D-Ore.) hearing titled "The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, or Reform It!"
Date Tuesday, July 22, 10 a.m.
Place 215 Dirksen Bldg.
Robert B. Stack, deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for International Tax Affairs
Pascal Saint-Amans, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France
Mihir A. Desai, professor of finance and law, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Peter R. Merrill, director, National Economics and Statistics Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Leslie Robinson, associate professor of business administration, Dartmouth College
Allan Sloan, senior editor-at-large, Fortune, New York, N.Y.

Black Lung Claimants
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions — Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee (Chairman Casey, D-Pa.) of Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing titled "Coal Miners' Struggle for Justice: How Unethical Legal and Medical Practices Stack the Deck Against Black Lung Claimants."
Date Tuesday, July 22, 10 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.
Chris Lu, deputy secretary of Labor
Patricia Smith, solicitor, Department of Labor
John Howard, director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
John Cline, attorney, Pine View, W.Va.
Jack Parker, pulmonary section chief, West Virginia University Department of Medicine, Morgantown, W.Va.
Robert Bailey, former coal mine worker, Princeton, W.Va.
Robert Briscoe, principal and senior consultant, Milliman, New York, N.Y.

Economically Resilient Communities
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs — Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Subcommittee (Chairman Menendez, D-N.J.) of Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing titled "Building Economically Resilient Communities: Local and Regional Approaches."
Date Tuesday, July 22, 2:30 p.m.
Place 538 Dirksen Bldg.
Steven M. Fulop, mayor, Jersey City
Joseph A. Calabrese, CEO and general manager, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Lee Gibson, executive director, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County

Wednesday, July 23

Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Chairwoman Boxer, D-Calif.) hearing titled "EPA's Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants."
Date Wednesday, July 23, 9:30 a.m.
Place 406 Dirksen Bldg.
Gina McCarthy - administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

DISCLOSE Act
Senate Rules and Administration Committee
Senate Rules and Administration Committee (Chairman Schumer, D-N.Y.) hearing titled "The DISCLOSE Act and the Need for Expanded Public Disclosure of Funds Raised and Spent to Influence Federal Elections."
Date Wednesday, July 23, 10 a.m.
Place 301 Russell Bldg.
S 2516 — Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act

Health, Income Security Bills
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Harkin, D-Iowa) hearing on health and income security bills.
Date Wednesday, July 23, 10 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.
S 2511 — A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to clarify the definition of substantial cessation of operations.

Travel and Commerce Legislation
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (Chairman Rockefeller, D-W.Va.) markup to consider travel and commerce legislation.
Date Wednesday, July 23, 2:30 p.m.
Place 253 Russell Bldg.
S 1804 — Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2013
S 1893 — Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act
S 2094 — Vessel Incidental Discharge Act
S 2250 — Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act

Flood Insurance Program
Senate Appropriations — Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Homeland Security Subcommittee (Chairwoman Landrieu, D-La.) of Senate Appropriations Committee hearing titled "Insuring our Future: Building a Flood Insurance Program We Can Live With, Grow With, and Prosper With."
Date Wednesday, July 23, 2:30 p.m.
Place 138 Dirksen Bldg.
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
Craig Fugate, administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Chad Berginnis, executive director, Association of State Floodplan Managers
Patricia Templeton-Jones, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Wright National Flood Insurance Company
Donna Smith, chairwoman, National Association of Realtors Flood Insurance Taskforce, broker in charge, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, C. Dan Joyner Realtors

Thursday, July 24

Role of States in Higher Education
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Harkin, D-Iowa) hearing titled "The Role of States in Higher Education."
Date Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.

Social Security and Disability Insurance
Senate Finance Committee
Senate Finance Committee (Chairman Wyden, D-Ore.) hearing titled "Social Security: A Fresh Look at Workers' Disability Insurance."
Date Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m.
Place 215 Dirksen Bldg.
Stephen Goss, chief actuary, Social Security Administration
Marianna LaCanfora, acting deputy commissioner, Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration
Rebecca Vallas, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Richard Burkhauser, professor, adjunct scholar, Cornell University, American Enterprise Institute

Judicial Nominations
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Leahy, D-Vt.) confirmation hearing on judicial nominations.
Date Thursday, July 24, 10:15 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.

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