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This Week in Congress

HOUSE FLOOR

Monday, July 27

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 2843 — TSA PreCheck Expansion Act
HR 675 — Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act
H J Res 61 — A joint resolution amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
HR 1831 — A bill to establish the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, and for other purposes.
HR 998 — Preclearance Authorization Act
HR 1634 — A bill to strengthen accountability for deployment of border security technology at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
S 1482 — Need-Based Educational Aid Act
HR 2750 — Improved Security Vetting for Aviation Workers Act
HR 2770 — Keeping our Travelers Safe and Secure Act
HR 2127 — Securing Expedited Screening Act
HR 1300 — A bill to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available to emergency response providers, and for other purposes.
HR 2206 — State Wide Interoperable Communications (SWIC) Enhancement Act
 
Tuesday, July 28

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 427) that would modify the federal rule-making process by preventing "major rules" from being implemented unless Congress enacts legislation approving them.
HR 427 — Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act
 
Wednesday, July 29

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 1994) that would expand firing authority at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department.
HR 1994 — A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.
 
Thursday, July 30

The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber may consider a bill (HR ?) regarding the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department budget and may consider the conference report (HR 1735) on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016.
HR 1735 — Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization (NDAA)

Friday, July 31

No votes are expected.

SENATE FLOOR

Monday, July 27

The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. and is expected to resume consideration of the expected legislative vehicle for a surface transportation reauthorization (HR 22). Roll call votes are possible.
 
HR 22 — Expected legislative vehicle for the surface transportation reauthorization measure
 
Tuesday, July 28

The Senate is expected to be in session.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

Monday, July 27

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 Monday, July 27, 5 p.m.
Place H-313 Capitol Bldg.
HR 427 — Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act

Tuesday, July 28

Medicare Regulations and Rural Health
House Ways and Means — Subcommittee on Health
Health Subcommittee (Chairman Brady, R-Texas) of House Ways and Means Committee hearing on rural health issues and Medicare regulations.
Date Tuesday, July 28, 10 a.m.
Place 1100 Longworth Bldg.
HR 169 — Critical Access Hospital Relief Act

HHS Policy Review
House Education and the Workforce Committee
House Education and the Workforce Committee (Chairman Kline, R-Minn.) hearing titled "Reviewing the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."
Date Tuesday, July 28, 10 a.m.
Place 2175 Rayburn Bldg.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell - secretary of Health and Human Services

Dodd-Frank Assessment
House Financial Services Committee
House Financial Services Committee (Chairman Hensarling, R-Texas) hearing titled "The Dodd-Frank Act Five Years Later: Are We More Prosperous?"
Date Tuesday, July 28, 10 a.m.
Place 2128 Rayburn Bldg.
Former Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, senior partner, U.S. Policy Metrics
Former Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., of counsel, Grais & Ellsworth LLP
Peter J. Wallison, fellow, Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Congressional Budget Process
House Budget Committee
House Budget Committee (Chairman Price, R-Ga.) hearing titled "First Principles of Congressional Budgeting."
Date Tuesday, July 28, 10 a.m.
Place 210 Cannon Bldg.
Paul L. Posner, director, Graduate Public Administration Program, George Mason University
David M. Primo, professor, University of Rochester, and senior scholar, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Philip G. Joyce, senior associate dean and professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Carmel Martin, executive vice president of policy, Center for American Progress

Maritime Measures
House Transportation and Infrastructure — Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee (Chairman Hunter, R-Calif.) of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on the federal radionavigation plan and maritime transportation legislation.
Date Tuesday, July 28, 10 a.m.
Place 2253 Rayburn Bldg.
HR 1684 — A bill to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from foreign offshore units, and for other purposes.
Draft Bill — National Icebreaker Fund Act of 2015
Gary C. Rasicot, director, Marine Transportation Systems, U.S. Coast Guard
Mary E. Landry, director, Incident Management and Preparedness, U.S. Coast Guard
Karen Van Dyke, director, Positioning, Navigation and Timing & Spectrum Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, Department of Transportation
Martin Faga, former CEO, MITRE Corp., and former assistant secretary of the Air Force
Charles A. Schue, president and CEO, UrsaNav

Pipeline Technology
House Transportation and Infrastructure — Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials
Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee (Chairman Denham, R-Calif.) of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee panel discussion titled "Roundtable on Innovations in Pipeline Technology."
Date Tuesday, July 28, 10:30 a.m.
Place 2167 Rayburn Bldg.
Participants
Craig Pierson, president, Marathon Pipe Line, LLC
Cliff Johnson, president, Pipeline Research Council International
Geoff Foreman, senior ILI technology adviser, General Electric
Robert Hall, director, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations, National Transportation Safety Board

EPA's Proposed Ozone Rule
House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Energy and Power Subcommittee (Chairman Whitfield, R-Ky.) of House Energy and Commerce Committee panel discussion on EPA's proposal to revise the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground level ozone.
Date Tuesday, July 28, 2 p.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
Jerry Mouton Jr., mayor, Deer Park, Texas
Larry Waters, mayor, Sevier County, Tenn.
Chris Norch, president, Denison Industries
George A. Williams, CEO, PMI Energy Solutions, LLC
Gregory L. Johnson, director, Legislative Affairs, The Sherwin-Williams Co.
Joseph Stanko, partner, Hunton & Williams LLP

Financial Services Bills
House Financial Services Committee
House Financial Services Committee (Chairman Hensarling, R-Texas) markup to consider pending legislation.
Date Tuesday, July 28, 2 p.m.
Place 2128 Rayburn Bldg.
HR 766 — Financial Institution Customer Protection Act
HR 1210 — A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to provide a safe harbor from certain requirements related to qualified mortgages for residential mortgage loans held on an originating depository institution's portfolio, and for other purposes.
HR 1317 — A bill to amend the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to specify how clearing requirements apply to certain affiliate transactions, and for other purposes.
HR 1553 — A bill to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to specify which smaller institutions may qualify for an 18-month examination cycle.
HR 1737 — Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act
HR 1839 — Reforming Access for Investments in Startup Enterprises (RAISE) Act
HR 1941 — Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act
HR 2091 — A bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to clarify the ability to request consumer reports in certain cases to establish and enforce child support payments and awards.
HR 2243 — A bill to suspend the current compensation packages for the senior executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and establish compensation for such positions in accordance with rates of pay for senior employees in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.
HR 2643 — A bill to direct the Attorney General to provide State officials with access to criminal history information with respect to certain financial service providers required to undergo State criminal background checks, and for other purposes.
HR 2912 — Centennial Monetary Commission Act
HR 3032 — Securities and Exchange Commission Reporting Modernization Act
HR 3189 — A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to establish requirements for policy rules and blackout periods of the Federal Open Market Committee, to establish requirements for certain activities of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and to amend title 31, United States Code, to reform the manner in which the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is audited, and for other purposes.
HR 3192 — A bill to provide for a temporary safe harbor from the enforcement of integrated disclosure requirements for mortgage loan transactions under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 and the Truth in Lending Act, and for other purposes.

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 28, 3 p.m.
Place H-313 Capitol Bldg.
HR 1994 — A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.

Energy and Commerce Bills – Opening Statements Only
House Energy and Commerce Committee
House Energy and Commerce Committee (Chairman Upton, R-Mich.) markup to consider pending legislation.
Date Tuesday, July 28, 5 p.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
HR 985 — Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act
HR 2820 — Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act
 
Wednesday, July 29

EPA Management Issues
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Chairman Chaffetz, R-Utah) hearing titled "EPA Mismanagement."
Date Wednesday, July 29, 9 a.m.
Place 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

NRC Licensing Process
House Science, Space and Technology — Subcommittee on Energy
Energy Subcommittee (Chairman Weber, R-Texas) of House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing titled "A Review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Licensing Process."
Date Wednesday, July 29, 9 a.m.
Place 2318 Rayburn Bldg.
Stephen Burns, chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Dodd-Frank and Global Derivatives
House Agriculture Committee
House Agriculture Committee (Chairman Conaway, R-Texas) hearing titled "Dodd-Frank Turns Five: Assessing the Progress of Global Derivatives Reforms."
Date Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m.
Place 1300 Longworth Bldg.

Internet Connectivity Issues
House Judiciary — Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee (Chairman Issa, R-Calif.) of House Judiciary Committee hearing titled "Internet of Things."
Date Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m.
Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg.

TSA and Aviation Security
House Homeland Security Committee
House Homeland Security Committee (Chairman McCaul, R-Texas) hearing titled "Aviation Security Challenges: Is TSA [Transportation Security Administration] Ready for the Threats of Today?"
Date Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m.
Place 311 Cannon Bldg.
Peter V. Neffenger, administrator, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security

Energy and Commerce Bills – Markup Votes
House Energy and Commerce Committee
House Energy and Commerce Committee (Chairman Upton, R-Mich.) markup to consider pending legislation.
Date Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
HR 985 — Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act
HR 2820 — Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act
 
Veterans Affairs Measures
House Veterans' Affairs Committee
House Veterans' Affairs Committee (Chairman Miller, R-Fla.) markup to consider pending legislation.
Date Wednesday, July 29, 10:30 a.m.
Place 334 Cannon Bldg.

Thursday, July 30

U.S. Border Violence
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Chairman Chaffetz, R-Utah) hearing titled "Violence on the Border: Keeping U.S. Personnel Safe."
Date Thursday, July 30, 9 a.m.
Place 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

U.S. Power Supply Vulnerabilities
House Science, Space and Technology — Subcommittee on Oversight
House Science, Space and Technology — Subcommittee on Energy
Oversight Subcommittee (Chairman Loudermilk, R-Ga.) and Energy Subcommittee (Chairman Weber, R-Texas) of House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing titled "Examining Vulnerabilities of America's Power Supply."
Date Thursday, July 30, 9 a.m.
Place 2318 Rayburn Bldg.
Richard Lordan, senior technical executive, Power Delivery & Utilization Sector, Electric Power Research Institute
Nadya Bartol, vice president, Industry Affairs, and cybersecurity strategist, Utilities Telecom Council
Daniel Baker, director, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Boulder
M. Granger Morgan, Hamerschlag University professor, departments of Engineering and Public Policy and of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

SENATE COMMITTEES

Wednesday, July 29

Higher Education Renewal and Campus Assaults
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Alexander, R-Tenn.) hearing titled "Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Combating Campus Sexual Assault."
Date Wednesday, July 29, 9 a.m.
Place 216 Hart Bldg.

Bankruptcy Overhaul
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs — Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee (Chairman Toomey, R-Pa.) of Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing titled "The Role of Bankruptcy in Addressing Too-Big-To-Fail."
Date Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m.
Place 538 Dirksen Bldg.
Randall D. Guynn, partner, Davis Polk & Wardell, LLP
John B. Taylor, Hoover Institution senior fellow, Economics, Stanford University
Thomas H. Jackson, president emeritus, University of Rochester
Simon Johnson, Ronald A. Kurtz professor of entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management

Government Affairs Nomination and Measures
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (Chairman Johnson, R-Wis.) markup to consider pending government affairs legislation and U.S. General Services Administration nomination.
Date Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m.
Draft Bill — Department of Homeland Security Border Security Metrics Act of 2015
Draft Bill — Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2015
Draft Bill — ENSTEIN Act of 2015
Draft Bill — Quarterly Financial Reporting Analysis Act of 2015
S 1607 — Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act
S 1526 — A bill to amend title 10 and title 41, United States Code, to improve the manner in which Federal contracts for construction and design services are awarded, to prohibit the use of reverse auctions for design and construction services procurements, to amend title 31 and 41, United States Code, to improve the payment protections available to construction contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers for work performed, and for other purposes.
S 1820 — A bill to require agencies to publish an advance notice of proposed rule making for major rules.
S 1817 — A bill to improve the effectiveness of major rules in accomplishing their regulatory objectives by promoting retrospective review, and for other purposes.
S 1808 — A bill to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a Northern Border threat analysis, and for other purposes.
S 779 — A bill to provide for Federal agencies to develop public access policies relating to research conducted by employees of that agency or from funds administered by that agency.
S Res 104 — A resolution to express the sense of the Senate regarding the success of Operation Streamline and the importance of prosecuting first time illegal border crossers.
S 708 — Regulatory Improvement Act
S 1170 — A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research, and for other purposes.
HR 1531 — Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

Shipyards Practices
Senate Armed Services — Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee (Chairwoman Ayotte, R-N.H.) of Senate Armed Services Committee hearing titled "Best Practices at Public and Private Shipyards."
Date Wednesday, July 29, 2:30 p.m.
Place 232A Russell Bldg.
Ray Bagley, vice president of trades operations, Newport News Shipbuilding
Stephen B. Fahey, nuclear production manager, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Paul R. O'Connor, president, Metal Trades Council, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Thursday, July 30

Corporate Tax Code
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs — Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations
Permanent Investigations Subcommittee (Chairman Portman, R-Ohio) of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled "Impact of the U.S. Tax Code on the Market for Corporate Control and Jobs."
Date Thursday, July 30, 9:30 a.m.
Place 342 Dirksen Bldg.

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