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This Week in Congress

HOUSE FLOOR

Monday, Feb. 1

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 2187 — Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act
HR 4168 — Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement Act
HR 515 — International Megan's Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking
HR 400 — A bill to require the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to submit reports on definitions of placement and recruitment fees for purposes of enabling compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and for other purposes.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 2

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 3700) that would extend affordable housing options to more low-income families, completed consideration of a bill (HR 3662) that would restrict the president's ability to lift sanctions on Iranian and other financial institutions as called for by the Iran nuclear agreement. The chamber will also consider the veto message on a bill (HR 3762) that would repeal portions of the 2010 health care law.
HR 3700 — Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act
HR 3762 — Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act
 
Wednesday, Feb. 3

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 1675) that would require the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to review its existing regulations to determine whether any are outmoded or excessively burdensome and should be modified or repealed, and exempts smaller companies from certain SEC requirements.
HR 1675 — A bill to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules so as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans.
 
Thursday, Feb. 4

The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 766) that would prohibit banking regulators from requesting financial institutions to terminate their relationships with customers unless the agency has a material reason for the termination.
HR 766 — Financial Institution Customer Protection Act
 
Friday, Feb. 5

No votes are expected.

SENATE FLOOR

Monday, Feb. 1

The Senate reconvenes at 3 p.m. and is expected to resume consideration of an energy policy bill (S 2012). No roll call votes are expected.
S 2012 — Energy Policy Modernization Act

HOUSE COMMITTEES

Tuesday, Feb. 2

VA Community Care Eligibility Requirements
House Veterans' Affairs — Subcommittee on Health
Health Subcommittee (Chairman Dan Benishek, R-Mich.) of House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on "Choice Consolidation: Evaluating Eligibility Requirements for Care in the Community."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
Place 334 Cannon Bldg.

Energy Infrastructure Legislation
House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Energy and Power Subcommittee (Chairman Edward Whitfield, R-Ky.) of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on H.R.2984, the "Fair Ratepayer Accountability, Transparency, and Efficiency Standards (RATES) Act" H.R.3021, the "Aerial Infrastructure Route (AIR) Survey Act"; legislation to amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act; H.R.2080, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Clark Canyon Dam; H.R.2081, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam; H.R.3447, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the W. Kerr Scott Dam; legislation to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Jennings Randolph Dam; and legislation to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Cannonsville Dam.
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
HR 3021 — Aerial Infrastructure Route (AIR) Survey Act
HR 2984 — A bill to amend the Federal Power Act to provide that any inaction by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allows a rate change to go into effect shall be treated as an order by the Commission for purposes of rehearing and court review.
HR 2081 — A bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam.
HR 3447 — A bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
HR 2080 — A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving Clark Canyon Dam.

Paris Climate Agreement
House Science, Space and Technology Committee
House Science, Space and Technology Committee (Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas) hearing on "Paris Climate Promise: A Bad Deal for America."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
Place 2318 Rayburn Bldg.
Stephen Eule, vice president for climate and technology at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Earth System Science Center
Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the World Resources Institute
Steven Groves, senior research fellow in the Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom

Protecting Access to Retirement Advice
House Education and the Workforce Committee
House Education and the Workforce Committee (Chairman John Kline, R-Minn.) markup of H.R.4293, the "Affordable Retirement Advice Protection Act"; and H.R.4294, the "Strengthening Access to Valuable Education and Retirement Support Act of 2015."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
Place HVC-210, U.S. Capitol
HR 4294 — Strengthening Access to Valuable Education and Retirement Support (SAVERS) Act
HR 4293 — Affordable Retirement Advice Protection Act

Economic Pro-Growth Opportunities
House Ways and Means Committee
House Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas) hearing on "Reaching America's Potential: Delivering Growth and Opportunity for All Americans."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
Place 1100 Longworth Bldg.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum
Kevin Hassett, director of economic policy studies and chair in American politics and culture at the American Enterprise Institute
Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Stephen Moore, distinguished visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation's Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity

Water Resources Development Priorities
House Transportation and Infrastructure — Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee (Chairman Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio) of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting on "Roundtable: Building Upon Success: Priorities for the Water Resources Development Act of 2016."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m.
Place 2167 Rayburn Bldg.
Amy Larson, president of the National Waterways Conference
Dusty Williams, immediate past president of the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies
Kathy Broadwater, deputy executive director of the Maryland Port Administration on behalf of the American Association of Port Authorities
Derek Brockbank, executive director of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association
Norma Jean Mattei, president elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Caryl Pfeiffer, director of corporate fuels and by-products for the LG&E and KU Services Company on behalf of Waterways Council, Inc.
Kristin Meira, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
Barbara Romero, deputy mayor of city services for the City of Los Angeles, Calif., participate

Puerto Rico Financial Stability/Economic Growth
House Natural Resources — Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs
Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee (Chairman Don Young, R-Alaska) of House Natural Resources Committee hearing on "The Need for the Establishment of a Puerto Rico Financial Stability and Economic Growth Authority."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m.
Place 1334 Longworth Bldg.
Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, senior advisor to Dentons US LLP
James Spiotto, managing director of Chapman Strategic Advisors LLC, Chicago, Ill.
Carlos Garcia, CEO of BayBoston Managers LLC, former chairman and president of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico, Newton Center, Mass.
Simon Johnson, professor of global economics and management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, Mass.
Thomas Moers Mayer, partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP, New York, N.Y.

Pending Legislation
House Homeland Security Committee
House Homeland Security Committee (Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas) markup of the "National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel Act of 2016"; the "Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act"; the "Foreign Fighter Review Act of 2016"; the "Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terror Act of 2016"; the "Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2016"; the "Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2016"; H.R.4383, the "DHS Human Trafficking Prevention Act of 2016"; and the "DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act of 2016."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
Place 311 Cannon Bldg.
HR 4383 — DHS Human Trafficking Prevention Act

Federal Spending and the Debt Limit
House Financial Services — Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee (Chairman Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis.) of House Financial Services Committee hearing on "Unsustainable Federal Spending and the Debt Limit."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
Place 2128 Rayburn Bldg.
Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif.
Daniel Mitchell, senior fellow at the Cato Institute
Veronique de Rugy, senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center
Romina Boccia, deputy director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and research fellow at the Heritage Foundation

Pending Legislation
House Rules Committee
House Rules Committee (Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas) meets to formulate a rule on H.R.766, the "Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015"; and H.R.1675, the "Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m.
Place H-313, U.S. Capitol
HR 766 — Financial Institution Customer Protection Act
HR 1675 — A bill to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules so as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Terror Finance - Trade-Based Money Laundering
House Financial Services — Terrorism Financing Task Force Task Force
Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing Subcommittee (Chairman Michael G. Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.) of House Financial Services Committee hearing on "Trading with the Enemy: Trade-Based Money Laundering is the Growth Industry in Terror Finance."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m.
Place 2128 Rayburn Bldg.
John Cassara, former U.S. intelligence officer and Treasury special agent
Louis Bock, former senior special agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Farley Mesko, co-founder and CEO of Sayari Analytics
Nikos Passas, professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northeastern University's College of Social Sciences and Humanities

School Choice
House Education and the Workforce Committee
House Education and the Workforce Committee (Chairman John Kline, R-Minn.) hearing on "Expanding Educational Opportunity Through School Choice."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m.
Place HVC-210, U.S. Capitol

U.S. Refugee and Visa Programs Security
House Homeland Security Committee
House Homeland Security Committee (Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas) hearing on "Crisis of Confidence: Preventing Terrorist Infiltration through U.S. Refugee and Visa Programs."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m.
Place 311 Cannon Bldg.
Homeland Security Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis Francis Taylor
Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services
Lev Kubiak, assistant director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Assistant Secretary of State Michele Thoren Bond of the Bureau of Consular Affairs

Oversight of Aviation Credentials
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah) hearing on "Securing Our Skies: Oversight of Aviation Credentials."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m.
Place 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

Thursday, Feb. 4

Prescription Drug Market Oversight
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah) hearing on "Developments in the Prescription Drug Market: Oversight."
Date Thursday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.
Place 2154 Rayburn Bldg.
Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Howard Schiller, interim CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC
Nancy Retzlaff, chief commercial officer for Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC
Mark Merritt, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association

Southwest Border Immigrant Surge
House Judiciary — Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee (Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.) of House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Another Surge of Illegal Immigrants Along the Southwest Border: Is this the Obama Administration's New Normal?"
Date Thursday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.
Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg.
Brandon Judd, U.S. Border Patrol agent and the president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National Border Patrol Council
Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies

Budget and Economic Outlook
House Budget Committee
House Budget Committee (Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga.) hearing on "The Congressional Budget Office's Budget and Economic Outlook."
Date Thursday, Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m.
Place 210 Cannon Bldg.

SENATE COMMITTEES

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Occupational Licensing/State Action Doctrine
Senate Judiciary — Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee (Chairman Mike Lee, R-Utah) of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "License to Compete: Occupational Licensing and the State Action Doctrine."
Date Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.
Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors
Maureen Ohlhausen, commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
Misha Tseytlin, solicitor general of the state of Wisconsin
Morris Kleiner, professor of public affairs and chair in labor policy in the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Robert Johnson, fellow for freedom and the Constitution at the Institute for Justice, Washington, D.C.
Bill Main, owner of Segs in the City

Wednesday, Feb. 3

EPA Stream Protection Rule
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Chairman James M. Inhofe, R-Okla.) hearing on "The Stream Protection Rule: Impacts on the Environment and Implications for Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act Implementation."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m.
Place 406 Dirksen Bldg.

Canada's Fast-Track Refugee Plan
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis.) hearing on "Canada's Fast-Track Refugee Plan: Unanswered Questions and Implications for U.S. National Security."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m.
Place 342 Dirksen Bldg.
Guidy Mamann, senior partner at Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP, Toronto, Canada
David Harris, director of the International Intelligence Program at INSIGNIS Strategic Research Inc., Ottawa, Canada
Dean Mandel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent, Buffalo Sector, representing the National Border Patrol Council
Laura Dawson, director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Canada Institute

Asbestos Trusts Transparency
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa) hearing on "The Need for Transparency in the Asbestos Trusts."
Date Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.

Unauthorized Program Spending
Senate Budget Committee
Senate Budget Committee (Chairman Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo.) hearing on spending on unauthorized and expired programs.
Date Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m.
Place 608 Dirksen Bldg.
Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall
Jessica Tollestrup, specialist with the Congressional Research Service
Paul Posner, director of George Mason University's Center on the Public Service
James Thurber, director of American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

Thursday, Feb. 4

Cobert Nomination
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis.) hearing on the nomination of Beth Cobert to be director of the Office of Personnel Management.
Date Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.
Place 342 Dirksen Bldg.

Pending Nominations
Senate Finance Committee
Senate Finance Committee (Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah) hearing on the nominations of Mary Wakefield to be deputy secretary of Health and Human Services; Andrew Eanes to be deputy commissioner of Social Security; Elizabeth Copeland to be a judge of the U.S. Tax Court; and Vik Stoll to be a judge of the U.S. Tax Court.
Date Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.
Place 215 Dirksen Bldg.
Mary Wakefield to be deputy secretary of Health and Human Services
Andrew Eanes to be deputy commissioner of Social Security
Elizabeth Copeland to be a judge of the U.S. Tax Court
Vik Stoll to be a judge of the U.S. Tax Court

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