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HOUSE FLOOR

Tuesday, Feb. 24

The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expect to consider measures under suspension of the rules. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
HR 212 — Drinking Water Protection Act
HR 734 — Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act
HR 1020 — A bill to define STEM education to include computer science, and to support existing STEM education programs at the National Science Foundation (official title to be confirmed).
 
Wednesday, Feb. 25

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider a measure under suspension of the rules. The chamber is also expected to consider a bill (HR 529) that would expand the use of 529 educational savings plans by allowing tax-free distributions for students to buy computers and software.
S 227 — Strengthening Education through Research Act
HR 529 — A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans.
 
Thursday, Feb. 26

The chamber reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to begin debate on a bill (HR 5) that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary School Act through FY 2021.
HR 5 — Student Success Act
Friday, Feb. 27

The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber is expected to complete consideration of a bill (HR 5) that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary School Act through FY 2021. The chamber may also consider a bill (HR 240) that would appropriate funding for the Homeland Security Department for the remainder of FY 2015.
HR 5 — Student Success Act
HR 240 — Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015

SENATE FLOOR

Monday, Feb. 23

The Senate will then recess until 4:30 p.m. When they reconvene, the Senate plans to resume consideration of a motion to proceed to a bill (HR 240) to fund the Department of Homeland Security and limit immigration-related executive orders. A cloture vote on the motion to proceed is set for 5:30 p.m.
HR 240 — Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015
 
Tuesday, Feb. 24

The Senate is expected to be in session.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

Tuesday, Feb. 24

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, Feb. 24, 5 p.m.
Place H-313 Capitol Bldg.
HR 5 — Student Success Act
HR 529 — A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Airline Flight Tracking Standards
House Oversight and Government Reform — Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets
Transportation and Public Assets Subcommittee (Chairman Mica, R-Fla.) of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing titled "Preventing Another MH370: Setting International Standards for Airline Flight Tracking."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.
Place 2247 Rayburn Bldg.

DHS Detainment Policy and Procedures
House Oversight and Government Reform — Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules
House Oversight and Government Reform — Subcommittee on National Security
National Security Subcommittee (Chairman DeSantis, R-Fla.) and Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules Subcommittee (Chairman Jordan, R-Ohio) of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing titled "A Review of the Department of Homeland Security's Policies and Procedures for the Apprehension, Detention, and Release of Non-Citizens Unlawfully Present in the United States."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.
Place 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Labor, HHS, Education
House Appropriations — Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee (Chairman Cole, R-Okla.) of House Appropriations Committee hearing on proposed fiscal 2016 appropriations for programs under its jurisdiction.
Date Wednesday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.
Place 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell - secretary of Health and Human Services

Immigration Executive Action
House Judiciary Committee
House Judiciary Committee (Chairman Goodlatte, R-Va.) hearing titled "The Unconstitutionality of Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 25, 10:15 a.m.
Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg.
Adam Laxalt, attorney general of Nevada
Josh Blackman, assistant professor of law, South Texas College of Law
Elizabeth Price Foley, professor, Florida International University College of Law
Steve Legomsky, professor, Washington University Law School

Fiscal 2016 Budget Speeches
House Budget Committee
House Budget Committee (Chairman Price, R-Ga.) speeches by members of Congress on fiscal 2016 budget-related priorities.
Date Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m.
Place 210 Cannon Bldg.

Disability Trust Fund Issues
House Ways and Means — Subcommittee on Social Security
Social Security Subcommittee (Chairman Johnson, R-Texas) of House Ways and Means Committee hearing titled "Maintaining the Disability Insurance Trust Fund's Solvency."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.
Place B-318 Rayburn Bldg.

Thursday, Feb. 26

Health Care Enrollment Update
House Oversight and Government Reform — Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules
Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules Subcommittee (Chairman Jordan, R-Ohio) of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing titled "From Health Care Enrollment to Tax Filing: A PPACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] Update."
Date Thursday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.
Place 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Transportation-HUD -- Department of Transportation
House Appropriations — Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee (Chairman Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.) of House Appropriations Committee hearings on proposed fiscal 2016 appropriations for programs under its jurisdiction.
Date Thursday, Feb. 26, 1 p.m.
Place 2358-A Rayburn Bldg.
Anthony Foxx - secretary of Transportation

Federal Labor Executive Orders
House Education and the Workforce — Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
House Education and the Workforce — Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions
Workforce Protections Subcommittee (Chairman Walberg, R-Mich.) and Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee (Chairman Roe, R-Tenn.) of House Education and the Workforce Committee joint hearing titled "The Blacklisting Executive Order: Rewriting Federal Labor Policies Through Executive Fiat."
Date Thursday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.
Place 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

EPA Air and Water Regulations
House Oversight and Government Reform — Subcommittee on Interior
Interior Subcommittee (Chairwoman Lummis, R-Wyo.) of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing titled "Examining the Impacts of EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] Air and Water Regulations on the States and the American People."
Date Thursday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m.
Place 2247 Rayburn Bldg.

SENATE COMMITTEES

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Higher Education Regulation
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Alexander, R-Tenn.) hearing titled "Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities: A Report from the Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.
William E. Kirwan, chancellor, University System of Maryland, Adelphi, Md.
Nicholas S. Zeppos, chancellor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Tax Code Overhaul
Senate Finance Committee
Senate Finance Committee (Chairman Hatch, R-Utah) hearing titled "Tax Reform, Growth and Efficiency."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.
Place 215 Dirksen Bldg.
Michael Boskin, professor of economics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
John Diamond, fellow in public finance, Baker School of Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Laura D'Andrea Tyson, professor, Business Administrations and Economics, and director, Institute for Business and Social Impact, Haas School of Business, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.
Jane Gravelle, senior specialist in economic policy, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress

U.S. Human Trafficking
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Grassley, R-Iowa) hearing titled "Human Trafficking in the United States: Protecting the Victims."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.
Holly Austin Smith, trafficking survivor and author, Walking Prey, Richmond, Va.
Michael Ferjak, senior criminal investigator and director, Human Trafficking and Enforcement Prosecution Initiative, Iowa Department of Justice, Des Moines, Iowa
Malika Saada Saar, executive director, Human Rights Project for Girls
Jayne Bigelsen, director, Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives, and co-director, Legal Advocacy, Covenant House International, New York, N.Y.

Space Exploration
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation — Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness
Space, Science and Competitiveness Subcommittee of Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing titled "U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.
Place 253 Russell Bldg.
Ret. Marine Corps Col. Walt Cunningham, former NASA astronaut and pilot, Apollo 7
Ret. Air Force Col. Buzz Aldrin, former NASA astronaut and pilot, Apollo 11
Michael Massimino, former NASA astronaut and mission specialist, Space Shuttle Program
John Elbon, vice president and general manager, Boeing Space Exploration
Scott Pace, director, Space Policy Institute, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Eric Stallmer, president, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Wednesday, Feb. 25

MAP-21 Reauthorization
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Chairman Inhofe, R-Okla.) hearing to consider the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) reauthorization.
Date Wednesday, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m.
Place 406 Dirksen Bldg.

Federal Debt Issues
Senate Budget Committee
Senate Budget Committee hearing on the federal debt.
Date Wednesday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.
Place 608 Dirksen Bldg.
Laurence Kotlikoff, Boston University
Evan Feinberg, Generation Opportunity

Homeland Regulatory System
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (Chairman Johnson, R-Wis.) hearing titled "Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.
Place 342 Dirksen Bldg.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president, American Action Forum
Jerry Ellig, senior research fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist, Progressive Policy Institute
Sally Katzen, former administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget

Human Trafficking Legislation
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Chairman Corker, R-Tenn.) markup to consider the End Modern Slavery and Trafficking Act of 2015.
Date Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.
Place S-116 Capitol Bldg.
Draft Bill — End Modern Slavery and Trafficking Initiative Act of 2015

Thursday, Feb. 26

Human Trafficking Legislation and Judicial Nominations
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Grassley, R-Iowa) markup to consider human trafficking legislation and judicial nominations.
Date Thursday, Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.
S 178 — Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
S 166 — Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act
Loretta E. Lynch to be attorney general of the United States
Michelle K. Lee to be undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Alfred H. Bennett, George C. Hanks, Jr. and Jose R. Olvera, Jr. to be U.S. district judges for the Southern District of Texas
Jill N. Parrish to be a US. district judge for the District of Utah

Medical and Public Health Preparedness
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Alexander, R-Tenn.) hearing titled "Medical and Public Health Preparedness and Response: Are We Ready for Future Threats?"
Date Thursday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.

U.S. Tariff Policy
Senate Finance Committee
Senate Finance Committee (Chairman Hatch, R-Utah) hearing titled "Congress and U.S. Tariff Policy."
Date Thursday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.
Place 215 Dirksen Bldg.

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