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House - meets at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
Senate - meets at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

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    In the Committees - Thursday, February 11, 2016

    House Hearings:
    • Agriculture - Full Committee.  On considering the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions on the rural economy.  Gina McCarthy, Administrator, EPA.  1300 LHOB. (10:00-Open); Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subc.  On discussing preparations for foot and mouth disease.  Public witnesses.  1300 LHOB. (2:00-Open)
    • Appropriations - Financial Services and General Government Subc.  On the FY 2017 budget for the Internal Revenue Service.  John Koskinen, Commissioner, IRS.  2359 RHOB. (10:00-Open); State and Foreign Operations Subc.  On oversight of the United States engagement in Central America.  Dept. witnesses.  B-308 RHOB. (10:00-Open); Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration Subc.  On the FY 2017 budget for the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Agriculture.  Dept. witnesses.  2362-A RHOB. (10:30-Open); Energy and Water Development Subc.  On the FY 2017 budget for the Bureau of Reclamation.  Estevan Lopez, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation.  2362-B RHOB. (1:30-Open)
    • Armed Services - Strategic Forces Subc.  On the FY 2017 budget for atomic energy defense activities.  Dept. witnesses.  2118 RHOB. (2:00-Open); Seapower and Projection Forces Subc.  On discussing carrier air wing and the future of naval aviation.  Public witnesses.  2212 RHOB. (3:30-Open)
    • Energy - Communications and Technology Subc.  Markup of H.R. 2666 – No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act, H.R. ___ - Small Business Broadband Deployment Act, and H.R. 1301 – Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015.  2123 RHOB. (10:00-Open); Energy and Power Subc.  Markup of H.R. 3021 – AIR Survey Act of 2015, H.R. 3797 – Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment Act, H.R. ___ - Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act, H.R. 4444 – EPS Improvement Act, H.R. 2984 – Fair RATES Act, H.R. 4427 – To amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act, H.R. 4238 – To amend the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Work Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 to modernize terms relating to minorities, H.R. 2080 – To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving 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, H.R. 4416 - To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Jennings Randolph Dam, and H.R. 4434 - To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Cannonsville Dam.  2123 RHOB. (11:00-Open)
    • Financial Services - Housing and Insurance Subc.  On examining the health and future of the Federal Housing Administration.  Dept. witnesses.  2128 RHOB. (9:30-Open); Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subc.  On discussing the CFPB-s assault on access to credit and trampling of state and tribal sovereignty.  Public witnesses.  2128 RHOB. (1:00-Open)
    • Foreign Affairs - Full Committee.  On oversight of the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.  Dept. witnesses.  2172 RHOB. (10:00-Open); Middle East and North Africa Subc.  Markup of H.Res. 148 – Calling on the government of Iran to fulfill their promises of assistance in the case of Robert Levinson, the longest held United States civilian in our nation’s history, and on discussing the U.S. partnership with Jordan.  Dept. and public witnesses.  2172 RHOB. (1:45-Open); Asia and the Pacific Subc.  On discussing the future of the U.S.-Taiwan relations.  Dept. and public witnesses.  2200 RHOB. (2:00-Open)
    • Homeland Security - Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subc.  On discussing the future of Iranian terror and its threat to the U.S. homeland.  Public witnesses.  311 CHOB. (10:00-Open); Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subc.  On improving the Department of Homeland Security’s biological detection and surveillance programs.  Dept. witnesses.  311 CHOB. (2:00-Open)
    • Judiciary - Full Committee.  Markup of H.R. 759 – Recidivism Risk Reduction Act, and H.R. 2947 – Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2015.  2141 RHOB. (10:00-Open); | (2:00-Open); Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subc.  On resolving issues with confiscated property in Cuba, Havana Club Rum and other property.  Dept. and public witnesses.  2141 RHOB. (5:00-Open)
    • Natural Resources - Federal Lands Subc.  On H.R. 87 – Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act, H.R. 295 – To reauthorize the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation program, H.R. 1621 – To modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and H.R. 2817 – National Historic Preservation Amendments Act of 2015.  MC’s and public witnesses.  1324 LHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Oversight & Govt Reform - Full Committee.  On reviewing the legal obligations, document preservation, and data security of the Internal Revenue Service.  Dept. witnesses.  2154 RHOB. (1:00-Open)
    • Science, Space & Tech. - Full Committee.  Markup of H.R. 4489 – FAA Leadership in Groundbreaking High-Tech Research and Development Act.  2318 RHOB. (1:00-Open)
    • Small Business - Full Committee.  On discussing the challenges to small businesses with export control reform.  Dept. witnesses.  2360 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Transportation and Infrastructure - Full Committee.  Markup of the committee’s FY 2017 budget views and estimates, and H.R. 4441 – Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act.  2167 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Veterans' Affairs - Health Subc.  On improving Department of Veterans Affairs community care billing and reimbursement.  334 CHOB. (10:00-Open)
    • Ways and Means - Full Committee.  On the FY 2017 budget for the Department of the Treasury.  Jacob Lew, Secretary, Department of the Treasury.  1100 LHOB. (10:00-Open)
    Senate Hearings:
    • JCSE00 - Hearings to examine an update on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, focusing on religious freedom, anti-Semitism, and rule of law. HVC-210 (01:00 PM)
    • Appropriations - Hearings to examine emerging health threats and the Zika supplemental request. SD-138 (10:00 AM)
    • Armed Services - Hearings to examine the National Commission on the Future of the United States Army in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2017 and the Future Years Defense Program. SD-G50 (10:00 AM)
    • Banking - Hearings to examine the semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress. SD-538 (10:00 AM)
    • Finance - Hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2017. SD-215 (10:00 AM)
    • Foreign Relations - Hearings to examine the nominations of Karen Brevard Stewart, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Robert Annan Riley III, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, and Matthew John Matthews, of Oregon, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as United States Senior Official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, all of the Department of State, Swati A. Dandekar, of Iowa, to be United States Director of the Asian Development Bank, and Marcela Escobari, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. SD-419 (10:15 AM)
    • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs - Hearings to examine agency discretion in setting and enforcing regulatory fines and penalties. SD-342 (09:30 AM)
    • Intelligence - Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters. SH-219 (02:30 PM)
    • Judiciary - Business meeting to consider S.247, to amend section 349 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to deem specified activities in support of terrorism as renunciation of United States nationality, S.483, to improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse, S.524, to authorize the Attorney General to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, and the nominations of Elizabeth J. Drake, of Maryland, Jennifer Choe Groves, of Virginia, and Gary Stephen Katzmann, of Massachusetts, each to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade. SD-226 (10:00 AM)
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