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House - meets at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
Senate - meets at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017.


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    In the Committees - Thursday, June 22, 2017

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    • Agriculture - Full Committee, hearing entitled "The Next Farm Bill: University Research." 1300 LHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Armed Services - Subcommittee on Readiness, markup on H.R. 2810, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018." 2212 RHOB. (8:45-Open); Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, markup on H.R. 2810, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018." 2118 RHOB. (10:30-Open); Subcommittee on Military Personnel, markup on H.R. 2810, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018." 2212 RHOB. (11:30-Open); Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, markup on H.R. 2810, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018." 2118 RHOB. (12:30-Open)
    • Education - Full Committee, hearing entitled "Student Safety in the Job Corps Program." 2175 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Energy - Subcommittee on Energy, markup on legislation on Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017; legislation on Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act; H.R. 2786, to amend the Federal Power Act with respect to the criteria and process to qualify a qualifying conduit hydropower facility; H.R. 2883, the "Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act"; and H.R. 2910, the "Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act." 2123 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Intelligence - Full Committee, hearing entitled "Ongoing Intelligence Activities: FY 18 Budget Request. HVC-304. This hearing will be closed. (9:00-Closed)
    • Judiciary - Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, hearing entitled "Juvenile Justice Reform in the Modern Era." 2141 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Natural Resources - Full Committee, hearing entitled "Examining the Department of the Interior's Spending Priorities and the President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal." 1324 LHOB. (9:30-Open); Full Committee, to begin markup on H.R. 218, the "King Cove Road Land Exchange Act"; H.R. 289, the "Guides and Outfitters Act"; H.R. 597, the "Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2017"; H.R. 954, to remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other purposes; H.R. 1107, the "Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act"; H.R. 1306, the "Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act"; H.R. 1397, to authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land, and for other purposes; H.R. 1399, the "American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act"; H.R. 1404, the "Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act"; H.R. 1541, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain property related to the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kansas, and for other purposes; H.R. 1719, the "John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act"; H.R. 1731, the "RECLAIM Act of 2017"; H.R. 1913, the "Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act"; H.R. 1927, the "African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017"; H.R. 2053, the "Mining School Enhancement Act"; H.R. 2156, the "Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act"; H.R. 2370, the "Escambia County Land Conveyance Act"; H.R. 2425, the "Public Lands Telecommunications Act"; H.R. 2936, the "Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017"; H.R. 2937, the "Community Reclamation Partnerships Act"; H.R. 2939, the "Water Rights Protection Act of 2017"; and S. 249, to provide that the pueblo of Santa Clara may lease for 99 years certain restricted land, and for other purposes. 1324 LHOB. (4:00-Open)
    • Small Business - Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade, hearing entitled "Improving Broadband Deployment: Solutions for Rural America." 2360 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Transportation and Infrastructure - Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, hearing entitled "Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Challenges and Opportunities for Intercity Passenger Rail Service." 2167 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Veterans' Affairs - Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled "FY 2018 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration." 334 CHOB. (2:00-Open)
    • Ways and Means - Full Committee, hearing entitled "U.S. Trade Policy Agenda." 1100 LHOB. (10:00-Open)
    Senate Hearings:
    • Agriculture - Hearings to examine the nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. SR-328A (09:30 AM)
    • Appropriations - Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the National Institutes of Health. SD-138 (10:00 AM)
    • Armed Services - Hearings to examine the nomination of Richard V. Spencer, of Wyoming, to be Secretary of the Navy, Department of Defense. SD-G50 (09:30 AM)
    • Banking - Hearings to examine fostering economic growth, focusing on regulator perspective. SD-538 (10:00 AM)
    • Commerce - Hearings to examine efforts on marine debris in the oceans and Great Lakes. SR-253 (10:00 AM)
    • Energy - Hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of Energy. SD-366 (10:00 AM)
    • Foreign Relations - To receive closed briefings on North Korea, focusing on recent developments. SVC-217 (11:00 AM)
    • Intelligence - Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters. SH-219 (02:00 PM)
    • Judiciary - Business meeting to consider S.1312, to prioritize the fight against human trafficking in the United States, S.1311, to provide assistance in abolishing human trafficking in the United States, and the nomination of Stephen Elliott Boyd, of Alabama, to be an Assistant Attorney General. SD-226 (10:00 AM)
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