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HOUSE FLOOR

Monday, May 18

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.
S 178 — Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
HR 1382 — A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in awarding a contract for the procurement of goods or services, to give a preference to offers that employ veterans.
HR 1038 — Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act
HR 1987 — Coast Guard Authorization Act

Tuesday, May 19

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. The chamber is also expected to consider a bill (HR 2353) that would extend authorization for federal-aid highway and transit programs through July 31 and a bill (HR 2250) that would authorize appropriations for the Legislative Branch for FY 2016.
HR 874 — American Super Computing Leadership Act
HR 1156 — International Science and Technology Cooperation Act
HR 1119 — Research and Development Efficiency Act
HR 1158 — Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act
HR 2353 — A bill to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes (official title to be confirmed).

Wednesday, May 20

The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 880) that would permanently extend the research and development tax credit that expired at the end of 2013 and a bill (HR 1806) that would authorize funding for agencies that support scientific research, industrial innovation and certain educational activities.
HR 880 — American Research and Competitiveness Act
HR 1806 — America COMPETES Reauthorization Act
 
Thursday, May 21

The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider a bill (HR 2262) that would encourage investment in the private U.S. space flight industry.
HR 2262 — A bill to facilitate a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment and creating more stable and predictable regulatory conditions, and for other purposes.
 
Friday, May 22

No votes are expected.

SENATE FLOOR

Monday, May 18

The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015, and following any leader remarks, will proceed with a period of morning business until 3 p.m. At that time, the Senate will resume consideration of the legislative vehicle for the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) measure (HR 1314). At 5:30 p.m. there will be two roll call votes. The first is on the Brown, D-Ohio, amendment no. 1242, to return the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program to 2011 funding levels. The second is on the Lankford, R-Okla., amendment no. 1237, to establish a country's religious freedom conditions as a negotiating object for the United States.
HR 1314 — Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act

HOUSE COMMITTEES

Monday, May 18

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, May 18, 5 p.m.
Place H-313 Capitol Bldg.
HR 1806 — America COMPETES Reauthorization Act
HR 2250 — Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations
HR 2353 — A bill to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes (official title to be confirmed).

Tuesday, May 19

Federal Child Nutrition Program Management
House Education and the Workforce — Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee (Chairman Rokita, R-Ind.) of House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing titled "Addressing Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Federal Child Nutrition Programs."
Date Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m.
Place 2175 Rayburn Bldg.
Gil H. Harden, assistant inspector general for audit, Office of Inspector General, Department of Agriculture
Zoe Neuberger, senior policy analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Kay Brown, director, Education, Workforce and Income Security, Government Accountability Office
Jessica Lucas-Judy, acting director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, Government Accountability Office

Oversight Legislation
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Chairman Chaffetz, R-Utah) markup to consider pending legislation.
Date Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m.
Place 2154 Rayburn Bldg.
HR 1831 — A bill to establish the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, and for other purposes.
HR 451 — Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act
HR 1759 — All Economic Regulations are Transparent (ALERT) Act

Electric Energy Measure
House Energy and Commerce — Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Energy and Power Subcommittee (Chairman Whitfield, R-Ky.) of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on draft legislation addressing electric energy reliability and infrastructure.
Date Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
Michael Bardee, director, Office of Electric Reliability, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Gerry W. Cauley, president and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Thomas Fanning, chairman, president and CEO, Southern Co.
Elinor Haider, vice president, Market Development, Veolia Energy North America
Joseph Dominguez, executive vice president, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Exelon Corp.
Mike Bergey, president and CEO, Bergey Wind Power, and board president, Distributed Wind Energy Association
John Moore, senior attorney, Sustainable FERC Project, Natural Resources Defense Council
John Di Stasio, president, Large Public Power Council
Emily Heitman, vice president and general manager, Demand Side Organization Power Transformers ABB, Inc.
Elgie Holstein, senior director, Strategic Planning, Environmental Defense Fund

Trade Promotion Agencies
House Foreign Affairs — Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee (Chairman Poe, R-Texas) of House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing titled "Trade Promotion Agencies and U.S. Foreign Policy."
Date Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m.
Place 2172 Rayburn Bldg.
Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Elizabeth L. Littlefield, president and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Leocadia I. Zak, director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Retired Army Gen. James L. Jones, founder, Jones Group International
Susan Jaime, founder, Ferra Coffee International
Daniel J. Ikenson, director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy, Cato Institute

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, May 19, 3 p.m.
Place H-313 Capitol Bldg.
HR 880 — American Research and Competitiveness Act
HR 1335 — Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act
HR 2262 — A bill to facilitate a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment and creating more stable and predictable regulatory conditions, and for other purposes.

21st Century Cures Act
House Energy and Commerce Committee
House Energy and Commerce Committee (Chairman Upton, R-Mich.) markup to consider the 21st Century Cures Act.
Date Tuesday, May 19, 5 p.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
Draft Bill — 21st Century Cures Ac

Wednesday, May 20

Health Care Law Implementation Issues
House Ways and Means — Subcommittee on Oversight
Oversight Subcommittee (Chairman Roskam, R-Ill.) of House Ways and Means Committee hearing titled "Examining the Use of Administrative Actions in the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act."
Date Wednesday, May 20, 10 a.m.
Place 1100 Longworth Bldg.

Workers' Compensation and Federal Employees
House Education and the Workforce — Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
Workforce Protections Subcommittee (Chairman Walberg, R-Mich.) of House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing titled "Reforming the Workers' Compensation Program for Federal Employees."
Date Wednesday, May 20, 10 a.m.
Place 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

21st Century Cures Act – Markup Continued
House Energy and Commerce Committee
House Energy and Commerce Committee (Chairman Upton, R-Mich.) markup to consider the 21st Century Cures Act.
Date Wednesday, May 20, 10 a.m.
Place 2123 Rayburn Bldg.
Draft Bill — 21st Century Cures Act

National Forest Reauthorization and WTO Legislation
House Agriculture Committee
House Agriculture Committee (Chairman Conaway, R-Texas) markup of the National Forest Foundation reauthorization and legislation regarding World Trade Organization rulemaking.
Date Wednesday, May 20, 10 a.m.
Place 1300 Longworth Bldg.
Draft Bill — National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act
Draft Bill — A bill related to a WTO decision

Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection
House Natural Resources — Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans
Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee (Chairman Fleming, R-La.) of House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act.
Date Wednesday, May 20, 1:30 p.m.
Place 1324 Longworth Bldg.
Draft Bill — Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act

SNAP Assessment
House Agriculture — Subcommittee on Nutrition
Nutrition Subcommittee (Chairwoman Walorski, R-Ind.) of House Agriculture Committee hearing titled "Past, Present, and Future of SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program]: The World of Nutrition, Government Duplication and Unmet Needs."
Date Wednesday, May 20, 1:30 p.m.
Place 1300 Longworth Bldg.

SENATE COMMITTEES

Tuesday, May 18

FAA Reauthorization: Air Traffic Control
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (Chairman Thune, R-S.D.) hearing on the reauthorization of the FAA with focus on air traffic control.
Date Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m.
Place 253 Russell Bldg.
Michael P. Huerta, administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
John Engler, president, Business Roundtable
Byron Dorgan, senior policy advisor, Arent Fox LLP
Jeff Smisek, chairman, president and CEO, United Airlines
Paul Rinaldi, president, National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Ed Bolen, president and CEO, National Business Aircraft Association

EEOC Oversight
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Alexander, R-Tenn.) hearing titled "Oversight of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Examining EEOC'S Enforcement and Litigation Programs."
Date Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.
Jenny R. Yang, chairwoman, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
P. David Lopez, general counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Arlington, Va.

Energy Supply Measures
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Chairwoman Murkowski, R-Alaska) hearing on pending energy supply legislation.
Date Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m.
Place 366 Dirksen Bldg.
S 562 — Geothermal Exploration Opportunities Act
S 822 — Geothermal Production Expansion Act
S 1026 — A bill to amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to repeal a provision prohibiting Federal agencies from procuring alternative fuels.
S 1057 — Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act
S 1058 — A bill to promote research, development, and demonstration of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technologies, and for other purposes.
S 1103 — A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving Clark Canyon Dam.
S 1104 — A bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam.
S 1199 — A bill to authorize Federal agencies to provide alternative fuel to Federal employees on a reimbursable basis, and for other purposes.
S 1215 — A bill to amend the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Act of 2000 to provide for the development of methane hydrate as a commercially viable source of energy.
S 1222 — A bill to amend the Federal Power Act to provide for reports relating to electric capacity resources of transmission organizations and the amendment of certain tariffs to address the procurement of electric capacity resources, and for other purposes.
S 1224 — A bill to reconcile differing Federal approaches to condensate.
S 1226 — A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act and the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands to promote a greater domestic helium supply, to establish a Federal helium leasing program for public land, and to secure a helium supply for national defense and Federal researchers, and for other purposes.
S 1236 — A bill to amend the Federal Power Act to modify certain requirements relating to trial-type hearings with respect to certain license applications before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and for other purposes.
S 1264 — A bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to establish a renewable electricity standard, and for other purposes.
S 1270 — A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize hydroelectric production incentives and hydroelectric efficiency improvement incentives, and for other purposes.
S 1271 — A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations to prevent or minimize the venting and flaring of gas in oil and gas production operations in the United States, and for other purposes.
S 1272 — A bill to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on the effects of forward capacity auctions and other capacity mechanisms.
S 1276 — A bill to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to increase energy exploration and production on the outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico, and for other purposes.
S 1278 — A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to provide for the conduct of certain lease sales in the Alaska outer Continental Shelf region, to make certain modifications to the North Slope Science Initiative, and for other purposes.
S 1279 — A bill to provide for revenue sharing of qualified revenues from leases in the South Atlantic planning area, and for other purposes.
S 1280 — A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish an annual production incentive fee with respect to Federal onshore and offshore land that is subject to a lease for production of oil or natural gas under which production is not occurring, and for other purposes.
S 1282 — A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of Energy to consider the objective of improving the conversion, use, and storage of carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuels in carrying out research and development programs under that Act.
S 1283 — A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to repeal certain programs, to establish a coal technology program, and for other purposes.
S 1285 — A bill to authorize the Secretary of Energy to enter into contracts to provide certain price stabilization support relating to electric generation units that use coal-based generation technology.
S 1294 — A bill to require the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Agriculture to collaborate in promoting the development of efficient, economical, and environmentally sustainable thermally led wood energy systems.
S 1304 — A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a pilot competitive grant program for the development of a skilled energy workforce, and for other purposes.

Congressional Budget Office Oversight
Senate Budget Committee
Senate Budget Committee (Chairman Enzi, R-Wyo.) hearing on oversight of the Congressional Budget Office.
Date Tuesday, May 19, 10:30 a.m.
Place 608 Dirksen Bldg.
Keith Hall, director, Congressional Budget Office

Impact of Environmental Regulations
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee (Chairman Vitter, R-La.) hearing titled "An Examination of Proposed Environmental Regulation's Impact on America's Small Businesses."
Date Tuesday, May 19, 2 p.m.
Place 428A Russell Bldg.
Charles Maresca, director of interagency affairs, Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy
Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, farmer, Dougherty Farm, Lake City, Iowa
Karl Randall Noel, president, Reve Inc., Laplace, La.
Elizabeth Milito, senior executive counsel, National Federation of Independent Business
Benjamin Bulis, president, American Fly Fishing Trade Association, Bozeman, Mont.

Wednesday, May 20

EPA Advisory Panel Oversight
Senate Environment and Public Works — Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight
Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight Subcommittee (Chairman Rounds, R-S.D.) of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing on the scientific panels and processes at the EPA.
Date Wednesday, May 20, 9:30 a.m.
Place 406 Dirksen Bldg.
Roger O. McClellan, advisor, Toxicology and Human Health Risk Analysis
Ted Hadzi-Antich, senior staff attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
Alfredo Gomez, director, Natural Resources and Environment Team, Government Accountability Office
Terry Yosie, president and CEO, World Environment Center
Scott Faber, vice president, Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group

Higher Education Act Reauthorization: Institutional Risk-Sharing
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (Chairman Alexander, R-Tenn.) hearing on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act with focus on institutional risk-sharing.
Date Wednesday, May 20, 10 a.m.
Place 430 Dirksen Bldg.
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.
Andrew P. Kelly, director, Center for Higher Education Reform, American Enterprise Institute
Robert S. Silberman, executive chairman, Strayer Education, Inc., Herndon, Va.
Jennifer Wand, policy director, Young Invincibles
Douglas A. Webber, assistant professor, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Thursday, May 21

U.S. Fiscal Policies
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (Chairman Johnson, R-Wis.) hearing titled "Understanding America's Long-Term Fiscal Picture."
Date Thursday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.
Place 342 Dirksen Bldg.

TSA Nomination
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (Chairman Thune, R-S.D.) confirmation hearing to consider the nomination of Vice Adm. Peter V. Neffenger to be assistant secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration.
Date Thursday, May 21, 10 a.m.
Place 253 Russell Bldg.

Judiciary Issues
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee (Chairman Grassley, R-Iowa) business meeting to discuss pending judiciary issues.
Date Thursday, May 21, 10 a.m.
Place 226 Dirksen Bldg.

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