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HOUSE FLOOR

Monday, March 23

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 216 — Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act
 
Tuesday, March 24

The chamber is expected to begin consideration of a measure that would establish the budget for the United States government for FY2016.

Wednesday, March 25

The House will reconvene at 10 a.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. At 10:45 a.m., the House and Senate will hold a joint session to receive Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The chamber is also expected to complete consideration of a measure that would establish the budget for the United States government for FY2016.
 
Thursday, March 26

The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber may consider a bill that would address the formula for Medicare payments to doctors (sustainable growth rate) in order to prevent a pending cut to doctor payments.
 
Friday, March 27

No votes are expected.

SENATE FLOOR

Monday, March 23

The Senate reconvenes at noon and is expected to proceed to consideration of the budget resolution. The chamber is expected to hold at least one vote on an amendment to the resolution at 5:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday, March 24

The Senate is expected to be in session.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

Monday, March 23

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, March 23, 5 p.m.
Place H-313 Capitol Bldg.
Draft Bill — Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.

Tuesday, March 24

Judiciary Regulatory Bills
House Judiciary Committee
House Judiciary Committee (Chairman Goodlatte, R-Va.) markup to consider regulatory legislation.
Date Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m.
Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg.
HR 348 — Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act
HR 712 — Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act
HR 1155 — Responsibility and Professionally Invigorating Development Act
HR 690 — Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act
HR 889 — Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act

Employment Practices Legislation
House Education and the Workforce — Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
Workforce Protections Subcommittee (Chairman Walberg, R-Mich.) of House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on employment practices legislation.
Date Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m.
Place 2175 Rayburn Bldg.
HR 548 — Certainty in Enforcement Act
HR 549 — Litigation Oversight Act
HR 550 — EEOC Transparency and Accountability Act
HR 1189 — Preserving Employee Wellness Programs

FAA Air Traffic Control Issues
House Transportation and Infrastructure — Subcommittee on Aviation
Aviation Subcommittee (Chairman LoBiondo, R-N.J.) of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing titled "Options for FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] Air Traffic Control Reform."
Date Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m.
Place 2167 Rayburn Bldg.
Matt Hampton, assistant inspector general for aviation audits, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Transportation
Douglas Parker, chairman and CEO, American Airlines Group Inc.
Robert Poole, director of transportation policy, Reason Foundation
Paul Rinaldi, president, National Air Traffic Controllers Association
David Grizzle
Dorothy Robyn
Craig Fuller, vice chairman, FAA Management Advisory Council

Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act
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 on legislation to establish a state-based regulatory program of the management and disposal of coal ash.
Date Tuesday, March 24, 2 p.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
Draft Bill — the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015
Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency

Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Act Markup
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 markup to consider legislation to establish a state-based regulatory program of the management and disposal of coal ash.
Date Tuesday, March 24, 5 p.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
Draft Bill — the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015
 
Wednesday, March 25

Financial Regulatory Legislation
House Financial Services Committee
House Financial Services Committee (Chairman Hensarling, R-Texas) markup to consider lending, mortgage and financing legislation.
Date Wednesday, March 25, 9 a.m.
Place HVC-210 Capitol Visitor Center
HR 299 — Capital Access for Small Community Financial Institutions Act
HR 601 — Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act
HR 650 — Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act
HR 685 — Mortgage Choice Act
HR 1195 — A bill to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to establish advisory boards, and for other purposes.
HR 1259 — A bill to provide for an application process for interested parties to apply for an area to be designated as a rural area, and for other purposes.
HR 1265 — A bill to apply the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
HR 1367 — A bill to amend the Expedited Funds Availability Act to clarify the application of that Act to American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.
HR 1408 — A bill to require certain Federal banking agencies to conduct a study of the appropriate capital requirements for mortgage servicing assets for nonsystemic banking institutions, and for other purposes.
HR 1480 — A bill to ensure access to certain information for financial services industry regulators, and for other purposes.
Draft Bill — the Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act

Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Act Markup (continued)
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 markup to consider legislation to establish a state-based regulatory program of the management and disposal of coal ash.
Date Wednesday, March 25, 9:30 a.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
Draft Bill — the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015

Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions Bill
House Foreign Affairs — Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee (Chairman Poe, R-Texas) of House Foreign Affairs Committee markup to consider a bill to adapt to changing crude oil market conditions.
Date Wednesday, March 25, 1:30 p.m.
Place 2172 Rayburn Bldg.
HR 702 — A bill to adapt to changing crude oil market conditions.

SENATE COMMITTEES

Monday, March 23

EPA Carbon Regulation in West Virginia – Field Hearing
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Chairman Inhofe, R-Okla.) field hearing to examine impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon regulations in West Virginia.
Date Monday, March 23, 9:30 a.m.
Place Burnside Ceremonial Courtroom, Raleigh County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, 215 Main St., Beckley, W.Va.
Eugene M. Trisko, attorney
Charles Patton, president and chief operating officer, Appalachian Power
Chuck Farmer, president, Rouster WRR

Tuesday, March 24

Judiciary Nominations
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Grassley, R-Iowa) confirmation hearing to consider judiciary nominations.
Date Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.
Sally Quillian Yates to be deputy attorney general

Surface Transportation Reauthorization
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation — Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee of Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing titled "Surface Transportation Reauthorization: Performance, not Prescription."
Date Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m.
Place 253 Russell Bldg.
Peter Rogoff, undersecretary of Transportation for Policy
David Nichols, director, Missouri Department of Transportation, and acting chairman, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Standing Committee on Performance Management
John Graham, dean, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Peter Sweatman, director, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Thursday, March 26

Judiciary Issues
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Grassley, R-Iowa) business meeting on judiciary issues.
Date Thursday, March 26, 10 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.

Immigration and Border Issues
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (Chairman Johnson, R-Wis.) hearing titled "Securing the Border: Defining the Current Population Living in the Shadows and Addressing Future Flows."
Date Thursday, March 26, 10 a.m.
Place 342 Dirksen Bldg.
Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer, Hispanic Trends Project, Pew Research Center
Daniel Garza, executive director, The LIBRE Initiative
Madeline Zavodny, professor of Economics, Agnes Scott College
Randel K. Johnson, senior vice president, Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Marc R. Rosenblum, deputy director, Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute

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