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HOUSE FLOOR

Monday, March 2

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 280 — A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards
HR 294 — Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act

Tuesday, March 3

The House reconvenes at 9:30 a.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. The House will reconvene at approximately 10:45 a.m. for a joint meeting of Congress to receive His Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The House is also expected to consider a bill (HR 749) to reauthorize AMTRAK.
HR 749 — Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act
 
Wednesday, March 4

The House reconvenes at noon for legislation business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 1029) that would modify the qualifications and selection process for individuals to serve on the EPA's Science Advisory Board.
HR 1029 — A bill to amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications, public participation, and for other purposes.
 
Thursday, March 5
 
The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider at bill (HR 1030) that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other "covered action" unless all scientific and technical information used to decide upon the rule is made available to the public. The House may also consider a measure related to continued appropriations for the Homeland Security Department. 
HR 1030 — A bill to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.

Friday, March 6

No votes are expected.

SENATE FLOOR

Monday, March 2

The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. and resumes consideration of a bill (HR 240) that would fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate is expected to hold a cloture vote on the motion to agree to the House request for a conference on the bill.
HR 240 — Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015
 
Tuesday, March 3

The Senate is expected to be in session. The House and Senate are planning to meet jointly to receive an address from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

Monday, March 2

Regulatory Legislation
House Judiciary — Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law
Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee (Chairman Marino, R-Pa.) of House Judiciary Committee hearing on regulatory legislation.
Date Monday, March 2, 4 p.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
William Kovacs, senior vice president, Environment, Technology and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy, American Action Forum
Patrick McLaughlin, senior research fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate, Public Citizen

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 2, 5 p.m.
Place H-313 Capitol Bldg.
HR 749 — Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act

Tuesday, March 3

FAA Reauthorization
House Transportation and Infrastructure — Subcommittee on Aviation
Aviation Subcommittee (Chairman LoBiondo, R-N.J.) of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing titled "Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization: Enabling a 21st Century Aviation System."
Date Tuesday, March 3, 9:30 a.m.
Place 2167 Rayburn Bldg.
Michael Huerta, administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

Judiciary Legislation
House Judiciary Committee
House Judiciary Committee (Chairman Goodlatte, R-Va.) markup to consider employment, law enforcement, asylum and child welfare legislation.
Date Tuesday, March 3, 10 a.m.
Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg.
Draft Bill — the Legal Workforce Act
Draft Bill — the Protection of Children Act of 2015
Draft Bill — the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015
Draft Bill — the Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act

World Energy Markets
House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Energy and Power Subcommittee (Chairman Whitfield, R-Ky.) of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing titled "21st Century Energy Markets: How the Changing Dynamics of World Energy Markets Impact our Economy and Energy Security."
Date Tuesday, March 3, 1:30 p.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
Adam Sieminski, administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration
John Kingston, president, McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute
Amy Jaffe, executive director, Energy and Sustainability, University of California, Davis
Scott Sheffield, chairman and CEO, Pioneer Natural Resources
Charles Drevna, president, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
Graeme Burnett, senior vice president, Fuel Optimization, Delta Airlines

CFPB Semi-Annual Report
House Financial Services Committee
House Financial Services Committee (Chairman Hensarling, R-Texas) hearing titled "The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection."
Date Tuesday, March 3, 2:30 p.m. 
Place HVC-210 Capitol Visitor Center 
Richard Cordray, director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

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, March 3, 3 p.m.
Place H-313 Capitol Bldg.
HR 1029 — A bill to amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications, public participation, and for other purposes.
HR 1030 — A bill to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.

Wednesday, March 4

NLRB Rule Disapproval Resolution
House Education and the Workforce — Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions
Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee (Chairman Roe, R-Tenn.) of House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on a congressional disapproval resolution of a rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures.
Date Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m.
Place 2175 Rayburn Bldg.
H J Res 29 — A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures.

Judiciary Legislation (continued)
House Judiciary Committee
House Judiciary Committee (Chairman Goodlatte, R-Va.) markup to consider employment, law enforcement, asylum and child welfare legislation.
Date Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m.
Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg.
Draft Bill — the Legal Workforce Act
Draft Bill — the Protection of Children Act of 2015
Draft Bill — the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015
Draft Bill — the Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act

U.S. Electricity System
House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Energy and Power Subcommittee (Chairman Whitfield, R-Ky.) of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing titled "The 21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System."
Date Wednesday, March 4, 10:15 a.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations -- Department of 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 hearings on proposed fiscal 2016 appropriations for programs under its jurisdiction.
Date Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m.
Place 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.
Arne Duncan - secretary of Education

Trans-Pacific Partnership Outlook
House Foreign Affairs — Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee (Chairman Salmon, R-Ariz.) of House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing titled "The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects for Greater U.S. Trade."
Date Wednesday, March 4, 2 p.m.
Place 2172 Rayburn Bldg.
Claude Barfield, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Tami Overby, senior vice president for Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Scott Miller, senior adviser and chairman, International Business, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Thursday, March 5

Joint Strike Fighter Program and Budget
House Armed Services — Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee (Chairman Turner, R-Ohio) of House Armed Services Committee hearing titled "Update on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program and the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request."
Date Thursday, March 5, 9 a.m.
Place 2118 Rayburn Bldg.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, program executive officer, F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office
Sean J. Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition
Michael Sullivan, director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, Governmental Accountability Office
Michael Gilmore, director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Department of Defense

SEC Oversight
House Financial Services — Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee (Chairman Garrett, R-N.J.) of House Financial Services Committee hearing titled "Oversight of the SEC's [Securities and Exchange Commission] Division of Enforcement."
Date Thursday, March 5, 9 a.m.
Place 2167 Rayburn Bldg.
Andrew Ceresney, director of enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission

Drug Pricing Assessment
House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Health
Health Subcommittee (Chairman Pitts, R-Pa.) of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing titled "Examining the 340B Drug Pricing Program."
Date Thursday, March 5, 10 a.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

SENATE COMMITTEES

Tuesday, March 3

Commerce and Transportation Fiscal 2016 Budget
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing to consider the fiscal 2016 budget requests of the Departments of Commerce and Transportation.
Date Tuesday, March 3, 9 a.m.
Place 253 Russell Bldg.
Penny Pritzker - secretary of Commerce
Anthony Foxx - secretary of Transportation

U.S. Tax Policy
Senate Finance Committee
Senate Finance Committee (Chairman Hatch, R-Utah) hearing titled "Fairness in Taxation."
Date Tuesday, March 3, 9 a.m.
Place 215 Dirksen Bldg.
Lawrence B. Lindsey, president and CEO, The Lindsey Group, Fairfax, Va.
Deroy Murdock, journalist, Fox News and National Review Online, New York, N.Y.
Heather Boushey, executive director and chief economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Steven Rattner, chairman, Willett Advisors, LLC, New York, N.Y.

Federal Reserve Overhaul
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee (Chairman Shelby, R-Ala.) hearing on overhauling the Federal Reserve.
Date Tuesday, March 3, 2:30 p.m.
Place 538 Dirksen Bldg.
John B. Taylor, professor of economics, Stanford University
Paul H. Kupiec, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Allan H. Meltzer, professor of Political Economy, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Peter Conti-Brown, academic fellow, Stanford Law School's Rock Center for Corporate Governance

Immigration Services Oversight
Senate Judiciary — Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest
Immigration and the National Interest Subcommittee (Chairman Sessions, R-Ala.) of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled "Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Ensuring Agency Priorities Comply with the Law."
Date Tuesday, March 3, 2:30 p.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.
Joseph Moore, chief financial officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Donald Neufeld, associate director, Service Centers Operations Directorate, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Dan Renaud, associate director, Field Operations Directorate, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Wednesday, March 6

Whistleblower Protection and Oversight
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Grassley, R-Iowa) hearing titled "Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI: Improving Protections and Oversight."
Date Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.
David C. Maurer, director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office
Michael E. Horowitz, inspector general, Department of Justice
Stephen M. Kohn, attorney trustee, National Whistleblower Center
Michael German, fellow, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
J. Richard Kiper, special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Kevin L. Perkins, associate deputy director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Michael E. Horowitz, inspector general, Department of Justice

Homeland Security Legislation
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (Chairman Johnson, R-Wis.) markup to consider homeland security legislation.
Date Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m.
Place 342 Dirksen Bldg.
Draft Bill — Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015
S 280 — Federal Permitting Improvement Act
HR 460 — Human Trafficking Detection Act
S 546 — A bill to establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council to provide recommendations on emergency responder training and resources relating to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads, and for other purposes.
S 242 — Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act
S 86 — Small Business Paperwork Relief Act

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 oversight hearing on overhauling the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Date Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m.
Place 253 Russell Bldg.
Scott Darling, III, acting administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Joseph W. Come, deputy principal assistant inspector general, Auditing and Evaluation, Office of the Inspector General
Susan Fleming, director, Government Accountability Office
Christopher Hart, acting chairman, National Transportation Safety Board

Thursday, March 6

Judiciary Issues
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Grassley, R-Iowa) business meeting to consider pending judiciary issues.
Date Thursday, March 5, 10 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.

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