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House - meets at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
Senate - meets at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

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    In the Committees - Thursday, January 18, 2018

    House Hearings:
    • Armed Services - Subcommittee on Readiness hearing entitled "Surface Warfare: At a Crossroads." 2118 RHOB (3:30 pm)
    • Homeland Security - Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing entitled “Combating Transnational Gangs Through Information Sharing." HVC-210 CAPITOL (10:00 am); Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security hearing entitled "Innovation at TSA: Examining Threat Mitigation Through Technology Acquisitions Reform." HVC-210 CAPITOL (2:00 pm)
    • Intelligence - Business Meeting: Consideration of the Public Release of a Committee Transcript. HVC-304 CAPITOL ( (9:00 am)
    • Rules - Full committee hearing entitled "Hearing on Article I: Effective Oversight and the Power of the Purse.” H-313 CAPITOL. (10:30 am)
    • Small Business - Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade hearing entitled "Engaging Energy: Small Business Resources at the Department of Energy." 2360 RHOB (10:00 am)
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    • Energy - Subcommittee on Environment hearing entitled "Modernizing the Superfund Cleanup Program."  2322 RHOB (10:15 am); Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection hearing entitled "Disrupter Series: The Internet of Things, Manufacturing and Innovation." 2123 RHOB (10:00 am)
    • Financial Services - Continued Full committee markup of HR 1264, the “Community Financial Institution Exemption Act”, HR 1426, the “Federal Savings Association Charter Flexibility Act of 2017”, HR 2226, the “Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act”, HR 2255, the “Housing Opportunities Made Easier Act”, HR 2319, the “Consumer Financial Choice and Capital Markets Protection Act of 2017”, HR 3746, the “Business of Insurance Regulatory Reform Act of 2017”, HR 4061, the “Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017”, HR 4550, the “Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2017”, HR 4566, the “Alleviating Stress Test Burdens to Help Investors Act”, HR 4607, the “Comprehensive Regulatory Review Act”, HR 4725, the “Community Bank Reporting Relief Act”, HR 4738, the “Mutual Fund Litigation Reform Act”, HR 4768, the “National Strategy for Combating the Financing of Transnational Criminal Organizations Act”, HR 4771, the “Small Bank Holding Company Relief Act of 2018”, HR 4790, the “Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act”, HR 4785, the “American Customer Information Protection Act”, HR 4792, the “Small Business Access to Capital After a Natural Disaster Act.” 2128 RHOB (9:00 am)
    • Natural Resources - Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources oversight hearing entitled "Examining the Department of the Interior’s Actions to Eliminate Onshore Energy Burdens." 1324 LHOB (2:00 pm)
    • Transportation and Infrastructure - Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hearing entitled "America's Water Resources Infrastructure: Approaches to Enhanced Project Delivery." 2167 RHOB (10:00 am)
    • Veterans' Affairs - Subcommittee on Health hearing entitled "Addressing Veteran Homelessness: Current Position; Future Course." 334 CHOB (10:00 am)
    Senate Hearings:
    • Armed Services - Hearings to examine the nominations of Michael D. Griffin, of Alabama, to be Under Secretary for Research and Engineering, Phyllis L. Bayer, of Mississippi, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and John Henderson, of South Dakota, and William Roper, of Georgia, each to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, all of the Department of Defense. SD-G50 (09:30 AM)
    • Banking - Hearings to examine Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States reform, focusing on examining the essential elements. SD-538 (09:45 AM)
    • Commerce - Business meeting to consider the nominations of Leon A. Westmoreland, of Georgia, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors, Barry Lee Myers, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation, Brendan Carr, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Ann Marie Buerkle, of New York, to be a Commissioner, and to be Chairman, and Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner, both of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. SH-216 (11:00 AM)
    • Energy - Hearings to examine the nominations of Melissa F. Burnison, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary (Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs), and Anne Marie White, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Secretary (Environmental Management), both of the Department of Energy. SD-366 (10:00 AM)
    • Foreign Relations - Business meeting to consider the nomination of Samuel Dale Brownback, of Kansas, to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Richard Grenell, of California, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Yleem D. S. Poblete, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary (Verification and Compliance), James Randolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg, Joel Danies, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Peter Hendrick Vrooman, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda, Carlos Trujillo, of Florida, to be Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador, and routine lists in the Foreign Service, all of the Department of State. S-116 (02:00 PM)
    • Health and Education - Hearings to examine reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, focusing on financial aid simplification and transparency. SD-430 (10:00 AM); Business meeting to consider subcommittee assignments for the Second Session of the 115th Congress, and the nominations of Mitchell Zais, of South Carolina, to be Deputy Secretary, Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and James Blew, of California, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, all of the Department of Education, Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary, Scott A. Mugno, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary, Cheryl Marie Stanton, of South Carolina, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, and William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, all of the Department of Labor, Brett Giroir, of Texas, to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, and to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Barbara Stewart, of Illinois, to be Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and other pending nominations. S-216 (12:30 PM)
    • Intelligence - To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters. SH-219 (02:00 PM)
    • Judiciary - Business meeting to consider the nominations of Elizabeth L. Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, Stuart Kyle Duncan, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, David Ryan Stras, of Minnesota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, Annemarie Carney Axon, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, R. Stan Baker, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia, Jeffrey Uhlman Beaverstock, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama, Liles Clifton Burke, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, Thomas Alvin Farr, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Charles Barnes Goodwin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, Michael Joseph Juneau, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, Matthew J. Kacsmaryk, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Emily Coody Marks, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, Terry Fitzgerald Moorer, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama, Mark Saalfield Norris, Sr., to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, William M. Ray II, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, Eli Jeremy Richardson, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, Holly Lou Teeter, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas, and Brian Allen Benczkowski, of Virginia, Jeffrey Bossert Clark, of Virginia, and Eric S. Dreiband, of Maryland, each to be an Assistant Attorney General, John H. Durham, to be United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Michael T. Baylous, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia, and Daniel R. McKittrick, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Mississippi, all of the Department of Justice. SD-226 (10:00 AM)
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