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HOUSE FLOOR

Monday, Jan. 26

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 514 — A bill to prioritize the fight against human trafficking within the Department of State.
HR 515 — A bill to protect children from exploitation, especially sex trafficking in tourism, by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered child-sex offenders.
HR 469 — A bill to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to enable State child protective services systems to improve the identification and assessment of child victims of sex trafficking.
 
Wednesday, Jan. 28

The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 399) that would require the Homeland Security Department to gain operational control of the southern land border of the United States within five years.
HR 399 — A bill to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to gain and maintain operational control of the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes.
 
Thursday, Jan. 29

The House may meet in a pro forma session. No votes are expected.

SENATE FLOOR

Monday, Jan. 26

The Senate reconvenes at 4:30 p.m. and resumes consideration of a bill (S 1) to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate is expected to vote on seven amendments to the measure. Votes are also possible on motions to end debate on a substitute amendment and on the underlying bill. Further amendment votes are possible.
S 1 — Keystone XL Pipeline Act
 
Tuesday, Jan. 27

The Senate is expected to be in session.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

CBO Budget and Economic Forecast
House Budget Committee
House Budget Committee hearing titled "The Congressional Budget Office's Budget and Economic Outlook."
Date Tuesday, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m.
Place 210 Cannon Bldg.
Douglas W. Elmendorf, director, Congressional Budget Office

Disaster Recovery Issues
House Transportation and Infrastructure — Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee (Barletta, R-Pa.) of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing titled "Rebuilding After the Storm: Lessening Impacts and Speeding Recovery."
Date Tuesday, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m.
Place 2167 Rayburn Bldg.
W. Craig Fugate, administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Francis X. McCarthy, analyst, Emergency Management Policy, Congressional Research Service
R. David Paulison, former administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Bryan Koon, director, Florida Division of Emergency Management
Brian Fennessy, assistant fire chief, Emergency Operations, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
House Judiciary Committee
House Judiciary Committee (Chairman Goodlatte, R-Va.) markup to consider the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015.
Date Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m.
Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg.
Draft Bill — Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015

U.S. Trade Policy
House Ways and Means Committee
House Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Ryan, R-Wis.) hearing titled "U.S. Trade Policy Agenda."
Date Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.
Place HVC-210 Capitol Visitor Center
Michael Froman - U.S. trade representative

SENATE COMMITTEES

Trade Policy Agenda
Senate Finance Committee
Senate Finance Committee (Chairman Hatch, R-Utah) hearing titled "President Obama's 2015 Trade Policy Agenda."
Date Tuesday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.
Place 215 Dirksen Bldg.
Michael Froman - U.S. trade representative

No Child Left Behind and Teachers
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Alexander, R-Tenn.) hearing titled "Fixing No Child Left Behind: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders."
Date Tuesday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.
Place 216 Hart Bldg.
Dan Goldhaber, director, National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data and Education Research and Center for Education Data and Research, University of Washington, Bothell, Wash.
Terry Holliday, commissioner of education, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Frankfort, Ky.
Saul Hinojosa, superintendent of schools, Somerset Independent School District, Somerset, Texas
Rachelle Moore, first grade teacher, Madrona K-8 School, Seattle, Wash.
Christine Handy-Collins, principal, Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg, Md.

Senate HELP Organizational Meeting and Markup
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Alexander, R-Tenn.) markup to consider legislation and to organize and adopt committee rules for the 114th Congress.
Date Wednesday, Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.
S 192 — A bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
Draft Bill — Strengthening Education Through Research Act

Budget Control Act and Sequestration
Senate Armed Services Committee
Senate Armed Services Committee (Chairman McCain, R-Ariz.) hearing on the impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and sequestration on U.S. national security.
Date Wednesday, Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m.
Place 106 Dirksen Bldg.
Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff, U.S. Army
Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of Naval Operations
Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, chief of staff, U.S. Air Force
Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., commandant, U.S. Marine Corps

CBO Budget and Economic Forecast
Senate Budget Committee
Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Congressional Budget Office and the economic forecast for the next 10 years.
Date Wednesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.
Place 608 Dirksen Bldg.

Freight Rail Transportation
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing titled "Freight Rail Transportation: Enhancing Safety, Efficiency and Commerce."
Date Wednesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.
Place 253 Russell Bldg.
Frank Lonero, vice president, Service Design CSX Transportation
Dave Brown, chief operations officer, Genesee and Wyoming Railroad Services
Bill Johnson, former director, Port Miami and former chairman, Florida Ports Council
Michelle Teel, multimodal director, Missouri Department of Transportation
Chris Jahn, president, The Fertilizer Institute

Financial Exploitation of Seniors
Senate Special Aging Committee
Senate Special Aging Committee (Chairwoman Collins, R-Maine) hearing titled "Broken Trust: Combating Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Seniors."
Date Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2:15 p.m.
Place 562 Dirksen Bldg.

Employer Wellness Programs
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Alexander, R-Tenn.) hearing titled "Employer Wellness Programs: Better Health Outcomes and Lower Costs."
Date Thursday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.

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