While most eyes in Washington will be focusing on the ongoing debt-ceiling stalemate this week, the House of Representatives is holding a number of hearings that are worth watching.
On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the "Fast and Furious" scandal, in which the Obama administration allowed guns to be smuggled into Mexico that ended up being used in crimes. The hearing will feature several witnesses from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Also on Tuesday, former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will be testifying on the Fair Tax at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee.
On Wednesday, Rep. Pete King will hold his third hearing on Islamic radicalization in America before the committee on Homeland Security.
These and more below.
TUESDAY, JULY 26
Oversight and Government Reform
The Full Committee hearing entitled, "Operation Fast and Furious: The Other Side of the Border" will take place at 10:00am on Tuesday, July 26th in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.
Mr. Carlos Canino
ATF Acting Attaché to Mexico
Mr. Darren Gil
Former ATF Attaché to Mexico
Mr. Jose Wall
ATF Senior Special Agent
Mr. Lorren Leadmon
ATF Intelligence Operations Specialist
Mr. William Newell
Former ATF Special Agent in Charge
Phoenix Field Division
The Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight, and Government Spending hearing entitled, "Lights Out: How EPA Regulations Threaten Affordable Power and Job Creation" will take place at 1:30pm on Tuesay, July 26th in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.
Mr. William McMahon
ATF Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations
(West, including Phoenix and Mexico)
House Ways and Means
Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on alternative tax systems, with a focus on tax systems that are based on taxing consumption rather than income. Specifically, the Committee will consider the FairTax – a proposal to replace existing federal taxes with a national retail sales tax – and the Value-Added Tax (VAT), a type of consumption tax used by many other countries as a supplement to other taxes, such as taxes on individual and corporate income. The hearing will take place on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 10:00 A.M.
Please note that start time and order of panels are subject to change to accommodate witness travel schedules. In view of the limited time available to hear witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only. However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit, in accordance with the procedure outlined in the hearing advisory, a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.
Mr. Mike Huckabee
former Governor of Arkansas
Dr. Laurence J. Kotlikoff
Professor of Economics, Boston University, Boston, MA; accompanied by Dr. David Tuerck,
Executive Director, The Beacon Hill Institute, Professor and Chairman, Department of
Economics, Suffolk University
Mr. Bruce Bartlett
Columnist, Tax Notes, The Fiscal Times, Contributor, The New York Times
PANEL (Value Added Tax):
Mr. Michael J. Graetz
Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law, Columbia University
Dr. Rosanne Altshuler
Professor and Chair, Economics Department, Rutgers University, New
Dr. Robert J. Carroll, Ernst & Young LLP
Mr. Jim White, Director
Tax Issues, Government Accountability Office
Dr. Daniel J. Mitchell
Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Dr. Simon Johnson
Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, former Economic Counselor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
Committee of Homeland Security
Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland
311 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Jul 27, 2011 9:30am
On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, the Committee on Homeland Security will hold the third in the series of hearings on domestic radicalization entitled “Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland.” The Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.
Committee on Natural Resources
OVERSIGHT HEARING ON:
House Oversight and Government Reform
The Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy hearing entitled, "The Thrift Savings Plan: Helping Federal Employees Achieve Retirement Security" will take place at 1:30pm on Wednesday, July 27th in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.
THURSDAY, JULY 28
House Oversight Committee
The Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency, and Financial Management hearing entitled, "Improper Medicare Payments: $48 Billion in Waste?" will take place at 9:30am on Thursday, July 28th in room 2247 Rayburn House Office Building.
The Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census, and the National Archives hearing entitled, "Impact of Obamacare on Job Creators and Their Decision to Offer Health Insurance" will take place at 9:30am on Thursday, July 28th in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.