Hearing List for Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hearings scheduled for today include nomination hearings for Dennis Blair, to be Director of National Intelligence, James B. Steinber and Jacob J. Lew both to be Deputy Secretaries of State, as well as the House Ways and Means, House Transportation and Infrastructure and House Energy and Commerce meeting independently to mark up H.R. 598 (part of economic stimulus package), House Armed Services on preventing WMD proliferation and terrorism and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on state health programs. (complete list)

Live streaming expected at committee websites and CSPAN (schedule). Direct real player links are: CSPAN, CSPAN-2, CSPAN-3, CSPAN Radio.

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Business meeting, agenda TBA.

9:30 am – Senate Foreign Relations
Nominations:

  • Mr. James B. Steinberg, to be Deputy Secretary of State
  • Mr. Jacob J. Lew, to be Deputy Secretary of State, for Management and Resources

10 am – House Energy and Commerce
Mark up of the portion of the economic recovery package that is in the jurisdiction of the Committee

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearing: What States Are Doing to Keep us Healthy

Witnesses:

  • Jonathan Fielding, M.D., M.P.H., Director and Health Officer, County of Los Angeles Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bill Emmet, Director, Campaign for Mental Health Reform, Washington, DC
  • Allen Dobson, Jr., M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health Policy and Medical Assistance, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, NC
  • Honorable Jack Hatch, State Senator of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

10 am – Senate Intelligence
Nomination:

  • Dennis Blair, to be Director of National Intelligence

Note: Background on Dennis Blair and East Timor from Democracy Now! (here, here and here).

10 am – House Armed Services
The committee will meet to receive testimony on preventing weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism.

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Bob Graham, Chairman, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism
  • The Honorable James Talent, Vice Chairman, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism
  • Dr. Graham Allison, Commissioner, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

10am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Infrastructure Investment: Ensuring an Effective Economic Recovery Package

10 am – House Veterans Affairs
Organizational Meeting

10 am – House Ways and Means
Markup of H.R. 598:
1. Title I – “American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009”
2. Title II –“Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act”
3. Title III – “Health Insurance Assistance for the Unemployed Act of 2009”
4. Title IV – “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act”

10 am – House Judiciary
Organizing meeting.

10 am – Senate Finance
Business meeting to consider the nomination of Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury.

10:15 am – House Budget
Organizing meeting.

1 pm – House Administration
Organizing meeting.

2 pm – House Judciary
On H.R. 200 – Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Act, and H.R. 225 – Emergency Homeownership and Equity Protection Act.

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