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HOUSE FLOOR

Monday, Nov. 17

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 5544 — Low-Dose Radiation Research Act
 
Tuesday, Nov. 18

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 1422) that would modify the qualifications and selection process for individuals to serve on EPA's Science Advisory Board.
HR 1422 — EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013
 
Wednesday, Nov. 19

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. It is also expected to consider a bill (HR 4012) that would prohibit the EPA from proposing or disseminating a rule unless all scientific information used to support it is made available to the public.
HR 4012 — Secret Science Reform Act
 
Thursday, Nov. 20

The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 4795) that would require the EPA to make several modifications to its Clean Air Act preconstruction permit program.
HR 4795 — Promoting New Manufacturing Act
 
Friday, Nov. 21

No votes are expected.

SENATE FLOOR

Monday, Nov. 17

The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. and is in a period of morning business until 5:30 p.m. At that time, the chamber is expected to vote on a motion to concur in the House amendment to a Senate bill (S 1086) that would reauthorize federal Child Care and Development Block Grants. After that, the Senate plans to hold cloture votes on three judicial nominations.
S 1086 — Child Care and Development Block Grant Act
Leslie Joyce Abrams to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
Mark Howard Cohen to be judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Eleanor Louise Ross to be judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

The Senate will be in session. Votes are expected on measures to approve the Keystone XL pipeline (S 2280) and overhaul federal surveillance authorities (S 2685). Further votes are expected.
S 2280 — A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

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, Nov. 17, 5 p.m.
Place H-313 Capitol Bldg.
HR 4795 — Promoting New Manufacturing Act
HR 1422 — EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013
HR 4012 — Secret Science Reform Act

FAA Reauthorization
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (Chairman Shuster, R-Pa.) hearing titled "FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] Reauthorization: Issues in Modernizing and Operating the Nation's Airspace."
Date Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.
Place 2167 Rayburn Bldg.
Note Witnesses added.
Witnesses Scheduled
Calvin Scovel III, inspector general, Department of Transportation
Nicholas Calio, president and CEO, Airlines for America
Mark Baker, president and CEO, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Lee Moak, president, Air Line Pilots Association
John Engler, president, Business Roundtable
Paul Rinaldi, president, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Ebola Response Update
House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee (Chairman Murphy, R-Pa.) of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing titled "Update on the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak."
Date Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
Thomas R. Frieden, director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary, Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services
Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak, acting surgeon general, Department of Health and Human Services
Ken Isaacs, vice president, Programs and Government Relations, Samaritan's Purse
Jeffrey Gold, chancellor, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Patent and Trademark Office Telework Program
House Judiciary Committee
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
House Judiciary Committee (Chairman Goodlatte, R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Chairman Issa, R-Calif.) hearing titled "Abuse of USPTO's [U.S. Patent and Trademark Office] Telework Program: Ensuring Oversight, Accountability and Quality."
Date Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1:30 p.m.
Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg.
Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va.
Margaret A. Focarino, commissioner for patents, Patent and Trademark Office
Todd J. Zinser, inspector general, Department of Commerce
Robert D. Budens, president, Patent Office Professional Association
Esther Kepplinger, chief patent counselor, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
William F. Smith, of counsel, BakerHostetler

Unaccompanied Minors and Immigration Policy
House Foreign Affairs — Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
Western Hemisphere Subcommittee (Chairman Salmon, R-Ariz.) of House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing titled "Unaccompanied Alien Children: Pressing the Administration for a Strategy."
Date Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m.
Place 2172 Rayburn Bldg.
Elizabeth Hogan, acting assistant administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Roberta S. Jacobson, assistant secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Robert N. Kaplan, president and CEO, Inter-American Foundation

Health Care Website Issues
House Science, Space and Technology — Subcommittee on Oversight
Oversight Subcommittee (Chairman Broun, R-Ga.) of House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing titled "The Role of the White House Chief Technology Officer in the HealthCare.gov Website Debacle."
Date Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
Place 2318 Rayburn Bldg.
Todd Park, former chief technology officer of the United States, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Education Copyright Issues
House Judiciary — Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee (Chairman Coble, R-N.C.) of House Judiciary Committee hearing titled "Copyright Issues in Education and for the Visually Impaired."
Date Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.
Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg.
Jack Bernard, associate general counsel, University of Michigan
Allan Aldar, general counsel, American Association of Publishers
Scott LaBarre, state president, Colorado National Federation for the Blind
Roy Kaufman, managing director, New Ventures Copyright Clearance Center

SENATE COMMITTEES

Public Health Preparedness
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (Chairman Carper, D-Del.) hearing titled "Preparedness and Response to Public Health Threats: How Ready Are We?"
Date Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
Place 342 Dirksen Bldg.
Nicole Lurie, Public Health Service, and assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, Preparedness and Response
Thomas Frieden, director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Nancy E. Lindborg, assistant administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
David L. Lakey, commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services

Health Bills, Labor Nominations
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Harkin, D-Iowa) markup to consider pending health legislation and labor nominations.
Date Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.
HR 669 — Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act
S 2917 — A bill to expand the program of priority review to encourage treatments for tropical diseases.
Nominations
P. David Lopez to be general counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Charlotte Burrows to be member, EEOC
Adri Jayaratne to be assistant secretary of Labor
Mary Jordan and Michael Young to be members, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission

National Labor Relations Board Nomination
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Harkin, D-Iowa) confirmation hearing to consider the nomination of Lauren McFerran as a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
Date Thursday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.

Judicial Bills, Nominations
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Leahy, D-Vt.) markup to consider pending legislation and nominations.
Date Thursday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.
S 2520 — FOIA Improvement Act
Jorge Luis Alonso to be U.S. district judge for the Northern district of Illinois
John Robert Blakey to be U.S. district judge for the Northern district of Illinois
Allison Dale Burroughs to be U.S. district judge for the district of Massachusetts
Jeanne E. Davidson to be judge for the U.S. Court of International Trade
Haywood Stirling Gilliam Jr. to be U.S. district judge for the Northern district of California
Amos L. Mazzant III to be U.S. district judge for the Eastern district of Texas
Robert William Schroeder III to be U.S. district judge for the Eastern district of Texas
Amit Priyavadan Mehta to be U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia
Robert Lee Pitman to be U.S. district judge for the Western district of Texas

Generic Drug Prices
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions — Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
Primary Health and Aging Subcommittee (Chairman Sanders, I-Vt.) of Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing titled "Why Are Some Generic Drugs Skyrocketing In Price?"
Date Thursday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.

Regulatory Capture Assessment
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs — Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee (Chairman Brown, D-Ohio) of Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing titled "Improving Financial Institution Supervision: Examining and Addressing Regulatory Capture."
Date Friday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.
Place 538 Dirksen Bldg.
William C. Dudley, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
David O. Beim, professor of professional practice, Columbia Business School
Robert C. Hockett, professor of law, Cornell Law School
Norbert J. Michel, research fellow, Financial Regulations, Heritage Foundation

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