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This Week in Congress – March 16, 2015 re: EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, NLRB, Trafficking, Executive Orders and more

The House of Representatives returns from a district work period on Monday March 16.  The House is set to take up five health-related bills and a bill dealing with volunteer firefighters and emergency responders under suspension of the rules.  The bills are expected to pass with large majorities.

The House will then turn to the bills it had planned to consider before its recess week started early due to heavy snow in Washington two weeks ago.  It will take up bills to address Republican concerns with the manner in which the Environmental Protection Agency relies on science in developing its regulations.  One bill is the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, sponsored by former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK), and the second is the Secret Science Reform Act, sponsored by Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX).  Both bills passed the House last year but were never considered by the then-Democratic-controlled Senate.  Both bills have received veto threats from the Administration.

The House will then consider S.J. Res. 8, the Senate-approved resolution to undo the National Labor Relations Board’s so-called “ambush elections” rule that is meant to make it easier for unions to win representation elections. While the Senate passed the resolution by a vote of 53-46, that margin is insufficient to override a promised Presidential veto.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had expressed to his colleagues desire to try and tackle the so-called “doc fix” bill this week, but the House schedule does not provide for its consideration.  The legislation is needed to address the payment rate to physicians under Medicare. The current temporary provision that prevents drastic cuts to payment rates to physicians will expire at the end of this month.  Rumors abound of a possible deal to prevent the need to pass short-term patches to the existing Sustainable Growth Rate, by which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services manages the growth in costs of the Medicare program.  So we know that legislation to address this issue will definitely be on the agenda of both chambers during the week of March 23.

The Senate also returns on Monday and plans to vote on the nomination of Carlos A. Monje to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation and on the nomination of Manson K. Brown to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

The Senate is then expected to resume consideration of S.178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. Consideration of the bill hit a snag last week over a provision dealing with abortion.  The provision, an expansion of the Hyde Amendment, would prevent any of the funds reserved for trafficking victims from being used on abortions or Plan B contraception.  The language went unnoticed when the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the bill on March 2.  Only after agreeing on the motion to proceed to the bill did Senate Democrats note the inclusion of the language.  Since then, they have blocked progress on the bill.  Majority Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the bill, setting up a Tuesday morning vote that is likely to fail without Democratic support.  A companion bill was passed by the House of Representatives in January without the abortion provision attached.

Last week,, Leader McConnell announced that later this week the Senate would take up the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. Attorney General.  Senate Democrats have been pressing for a vote on the Lynch nomination since the Judiciary Committee approved it three weeks ago.  While Ms. Lynch was approved by the committee by a vote of 12-8, with three Republican members voting in favor of the nominee, debate on the Senate floor is expected to be highly partisan, and it remains unclear whether any individual members may try to filibuster a vote.  Some conservative senators have stated they will oppose her nomination based on her support of the Administration’s immigration policy.  While a very close vote is highly likely, Ms. Lynch is expected to be confirmed eventually.

In addition to the debate surrounding Ms. Lynch, immigration policy will be the focus of several hearings in the House and Senate this week. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight will review the implications of Texas v. United States, the case brought by 26 states challenging President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration, granting  deferred action for immigrants in the country illegally and attendant benefits.  On February 16, a Texas federal district judge issued an injunction against the Obama Administration’s immigration actions, essentially putting them on hold.   The Department of Justice has asked a federal appeals court to lift the injunction.  Two House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees will also hold a joint hearing on the President’s Executive Actions on immigration.  The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security will examine the visa waiver program.  On the Senate side, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday will focus on immigration reform and skilled worker programs.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will examine security on the southwest border.

The Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality regulations is another major topic this week on both sides of the hill.  Released last Friday, Congressional Republicans have called the new rules an “overreach.”  The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will host a hearing on Wednesday on the topic of FCC Oversight at which all five commissioners will appear before the committee, making for an interesting hearing after the 3-2 decision on the new net neutrality regulations.  The process by which the FCC developed the net neutrality rules is the subject of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday.  Members will undoubtedly examine the influence purportedly exerted by the Obama Administration in the FCC rulemaking, as the FCC is ostensibly an independent agency.  On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold an FCC oversight hearing.

Also of note on the hearing schedule, on Tuesday, former Indiana Governor and current Purdue University president Mitch Daniels will be testifying before the House Education & Workforce Committee regarding higher education issues; Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will testify before the House Financial Services Committee; and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory will appear before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding surface transportation reauthorization bill.  On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will appear before the House Armed Services Committee to discuss the President’s proposed authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State terrorists and the Defense Department’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request; Secretary of Labor Tom Perez will testify before the House Education & Workforce Committee regarding the  Department of Labor FY16 budget proposal.

These hearings and other key congressional hearings in a busy week are listed below:

Monday March 16, 2015

House Committees

Federal Leased Office Space Issues
House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
Subcommittee Panel Discussion
10 a.m., Atlanta Conference Room, Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building, 77 Forsyth St., Atlanta, Ga.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Financial Services
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
Subcommittee Hearing
3 p.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg.

Intelligence Issues
House Select Intelligence
Full Committee Hearing
5 p.m., HVC-304 Capitol Visitor Center

Veterans Affairs and Transparency Issues
House Veterans’ Affairs
Full Committee Hearing
7:30 p.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.

Senate Committees

Improper Payments and the Death Master File
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Full Committee Hearing
4 p.m., 342 Dirksen Bldg.

Tuesday March 17, 2015

House Committees

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Agriculture
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2362-A Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Commerce-Justice-Science
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
10:30 a.m., H-309 Capitol Bldg.; March 18, 10:30 a.m., H-309 Capitol Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Defense
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Defense
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., H-140 Capitol Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Energy-Water
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2362-B Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Financial Services
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
Subcommittee Hearing
11 a.m., HT-2 Capitol Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Homeland Security
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Labor, HHS, Education
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Transportation-HUD
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2358-A Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization: Military Departments
House Armed Services
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn Bldg.

U.S. Higher Education Issues
House Education and the Workforce – Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

EPA Proposed Power Plant Rule
House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

International Financial System
House Financial Services
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., HVC-210 Capitol Visitor Center

Foreign Aid Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Foreign Affairs
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn Bldg.

Visa Waiver Program and National Security
House Homeland Security – Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 311 Cannon Bldg.

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act
House Judiciary – Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Bldg.

National Park Service Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Natural Resources – Subcommittee on Federal Lands
Subcommittee Oversight Hearing
9:30 a.m., 1334 Longworth Bldg.

Natural Resources Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Natural Resources – Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Subcommittee Oversight Hearing
10 a.m., 1324 Longworth Bldg.

FCC: Process and Transparency
House Oversight and Government Reform
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

EPA Proposed Ozone Standards
House Science, Space and Technology
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Bldg.

Contracting and Industrial Base
House Small Business – Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn Bldg.

Surface Transportation Reauthorization
House Transportation and Infrastructure
Full Committee Hearing
9:30 a.m., 2167 Rayburn Bldg.

Coast Guard Mission Assessment
House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Subcommittee Hearing
10:30 a.m., 2253 Rayburn Bldg.

Low-Income Funding Issues
House Ways and Means – Subcommittee on Human Resources
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., B-318 Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Interior-Environment
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
1 p.m., B-308 Rayburn Bldg.

Proposed Waters Rule and Rural America
House Agriculture – Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry
Subcommittee Hearing
2 p.m., 1300 Longworth Bldg.

Space Access Issues
House Armed Services – Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Subcommittee Hearing
3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: State-Foreign Operations
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Subcommittee Hearing
2:30 p.m., H-140 Capitol Bldg.

National Security and Trade Agreements
House Foreign Affairs – Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
Subcommittee Hearing
2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn Bldg.

Immigration Executive Action
House Oversight and Government Reform – Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules; House Oversight and Government Reform – Subcommittee on National Security
Committee Joint Hearing
2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

Intelligence Issues
House Select Intelligence
Full Committee Hearing
1 p.m., HVC-304 Capitol Visitor Center

Veteran Educational Issues
House Veterans’ Affairs – Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Subcommittee Hearing
2 p.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.

Senate Committees

Agriculture Trade with Cuba
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 328A Russell Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization: China-Russia Strategic Competition
Senate Armed Services
Full Committee Hearing
9 a.m., SVC-217 Capitol Visitor Center

Systemically Important Financial Institutions
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 538 Dirksen Bldg.; March 19, 10 a.m., 538 Dirksen Bldg.

TSA Fiscal 2016 Budget
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security
Subcommittee Hearing
2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Bldg.

Electric Grid Technology
Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 366 Dirksen Bldg.

Recreational Hunting Legislation
Senate Environment and Public Works – Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 406 Dirksen Bldg.

U.S. International Tax System
Senate Finance
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.

Politics and Economy in Venezuela
Senate Foreign Relations – Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 419 Dirksen Bldg.

Health IT Innovation
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.

Southwest Border Security
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 342 Dirksen Bldg.

Immigration Overhaul
Senate Judiciary
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg.

Wednesday March 18, 2015

House Committees

Trade and Agriculture
House Agriculture
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 1300 Longworth Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Agriculture
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2362-A Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Commerce-Justice-Science
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
10:30 a.m., H-309 Capitol Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Energy-Water
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2362-B Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Defense
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Defense
Subcommittee Hearing
Noon, H-140 Capitol Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Financial Services
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
Subcommittee Hearing
11 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg.

Public and Outside Witness Hearing
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
9 a.m., B-308 Rayburn Bldg.; 1 p.m., B-308 Rayburn Bldg.

Higher Education Issues
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Oversight Hearing
9:30 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization: DoD and AUMF
House Armed Services
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn Bldg.

Labor Department Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Education and the Workforce
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015
House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act
House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
Subcommittee Hearing
10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.

Consumer Financial Issues
House Financial Services
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., HVC-210 Capitol Visitor Center

Drone Security Issues
House Homeland Security – Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 311 Cannon Bldg.

Iran and Hezbollah in the Western Hemisphere
House Foreign Affairs – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; House Foreign Affairs – Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
Committee Joint Hearing
10:15 a.m., 2172 Rayburn Bldg.

U.S. Support for African Elections
House Foreign Affairs – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations
Subcommittee Hearing
10:15 a.m., 2255 Rayburn Bldg.

Office of Surface Mining Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Natural Resources – Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Subcommittee Oversight Hearing
10:30 a.m., 1334 Longworth Bldg.

Small Business Manufacturer Issues
House Small Business
Full Committee Hearing
11 a.m., 2360 Rayburn Bldg.

EPA Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Subcommittee Hearing
10:30 a.m., 2167 Rayburn Bldg.

Estate Tax Issues
House Ways and Means – Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., B-318 Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: State-Foreign Operations
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Subcommittee Hearing
2 p.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Military Construction-VA
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
2 p.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.

Naval Cooperative Strategy
House Armed Services – Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces; House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Committee Joint Hearing
2 p.m., 2118 Rayburn Bldg.

U.S. Special Operations Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Armed Services – Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
Subcommittee Hearing
3:30 p.m., 2212 Rayburn Bldg.

Middle East Issues and Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Foreign Affairs – Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
Subcommittee Hearing
2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn Bldg.

Indian Affairs Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Natural Resources – Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs
Subcommittee Oversight Hearing
2 p.m., 1324 Longworth Bldg.

Senate Committees

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization: Army, Air Force
Senate Armed Services
Full Committee Hearing
2:30 p.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg.

FCC Oversight
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Full Committee Hearing
2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Bldg.

Indian Affairs Legislation and Nomination
Senate Indian Affairs
Full Committee Markup
2:30 p.m., 628 Dirksen Bldg.

Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act
Senate Indian Affairs
Full Committee Hearing
3:30 p.m., 628 Dirksen Bldg.

Patent Litigation Practices
Senate Judiciary
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg.

Joint Committees

Veterans Service Organizations Legislative Issues
House Veterans’ Affairs; Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Committees Joint Hearing
10 a.m., G-50 Dirksen Bldg.

Thursday March 19, 2015

House Committees

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Agriculture
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2362-A Rayburn Bldg.

United States European Command
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Defense
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., H-140 Capitol Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Financial Services
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
Subcommittee Hearing
11 a.m., 2362-B Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Homeland Security
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Interior-Environment
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
9:30 a.m., B-308 Rayburn Bldg.

Veterans Affairs Inspector General Oversight
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Oversight Hearing
9:30 a.m., H-309 Capitol Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Appropriations: Transportation-HUD
House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2358-A Rayburn Bldg.

Missile Defense Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Armed Services – Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Subcommittee Hearing
9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn Bldg.

Ground Force Programs Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Armed Services – Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
Subcommittee Hearing
10:30 a.m., 2212 Rayburn Bldg.

Efficiency Standards for Grid-Enabled Water Heaters Bill
House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.

FCC Reauthorization Oversight
House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Subcommittee Hearing
11 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

SEC Division of Enforcement
House Financial Services – Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
Subcommittee Hearing
9 a.m., 2167 Rayburn Bldg.

Chemical Terrorism Response
House Homeland Security – Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications
Subcommittee Hearing
9:30 a.m., 311 Cannon Bldg.

Child Exploitation Legal Issues
House Judiciary – Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Bldg.

Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fiscal 2016 Budget
House Natural Resources – Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans; House Natural Resources – Subcommittee on Federal Lands
Committee Joint Hearing
9:30 a.m., 1334 Longworth Bldg.

Cyber Threats and American Businesses
House Select Intelligence
Full Committee Hearing
9 a.m., HVC-210 Capitol Visitor Center

Contracting, Industrial Base and SBA Rulemaking
House Small Business – Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 2361 Rayburn Bldg.

Veterans Affairs Security Legislation
House Veterans’ Affairs – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Subcommittee Hearing
8 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.

Senate Committees

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization: Strategic, Transportation and Cyber Commands
Senate Armed Services
Full Committee Hearing
9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization: Navy Shipbuilding
Senate Armed Services – Subcommittee on Seapower
Subcommittee Hearing
9:30 a.m., 222 Russell Bldg.

Regional Bank Regulation
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 538 Dirksen Bldg.

Cyber Insurance Marketplace
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security
Subcommittee Hearing
10 a.m., 253 Russell Bldg.

Crude Oil Export Policy
Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 366 Dirksen Bldg.

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
Senate Foreign Relations – Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
Subcommittee Hearing
9:30 a.m., 419 Dirksen Bldg.

Regulatory Process Overhaul
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Full Committee Hearing
10 a.m., 342 Dirksen Bldg.

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization: Air Force Structure
Senate Armed Services – Subcommittee on Airland
Subcommittee Hearing
2:30 p.m., 222 Russell Bldg.

Texas V. United States Decision
Senate Judiciary – Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts
Subcommittee Hearing
3:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg.


Kaitlyn McClure also contributed to this article.

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