Committee Watch: Long-term budget issue to dominate discussion on the Hill this week 

With Vice President Joe Biden expected to lead at least three bipartisan deficit-reduction talks this week, the Congressional Budget Office is scheduled to release its updated Long-Term Budget Outlook on Wednesday morning. CBO chairman Doug Elmendorf is scheduled to appear the following day before the House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan. Meanwhile, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will be holding several hearings on Medicare, while the House Ways and Means Committee will be conducting hearings on the finances of both Medicare and Social Security. On another front, the House Oversight Committee will be probing the bailout of General Motors.

Details on this week's hearings below.

House Budget Commitee:

 The Congressional Budget Office's Long-Term Budget Outlook

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2011
Time: 10:00am
Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building

Witness:

Douglas W. Elmendorf, Ph.D.
Director
Congressional Budget Office

 

House Energy and Commerce:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

2:00 p.m.

2322 Rayburn House Office Building**

Subcommittee on Health

Hearing on “Dual Eligibles: Understanding This Vulnerable Population and How to Improve Their Care.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

4:00 p.m.

2123 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy

Markup on H.R. ___, the “Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act”

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

10:00 a.m.

2322 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Hearing on “Protecting Medicare with Improvements to the Secondary Payer Regime.”

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

10:30 a.m.

2123 Rayburn House Office Building.

Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

Legislative Hearing on “Reforming FCC Process.”

 

Friday, June 24, 2011

9:00 a.m.

2322 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy

Hearing on “NRC Repository Safety Division - Staff Perspective on Yucca License Review.”

 

Friday, June 24, 2011

9:30 a.m.

2123 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Hearing on “OMB's Role in the DOE Loan Guarantee Process.”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee:

 

TUESDAY JUNE 21st

 

The Hatch Act: The Challenges of Separating Politics from Policy

Full Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

 

3:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 21st in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

This hearing will explore potential changes to the Hatch Act, which currently restricts partisan political activity within the Executive Branch and bans the use of federal resources for partisan political activity.

 

Hearing Page- Check Here for Additional Information

 

**This hearing will be webcast @ http://oversight.house.gov**

 

 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 22nd

 

Full Committee Business Meeting

Full Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

 

9:30 a.m. on Wednesday June 22nd in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

The Committee will meet to markup legislation. A schedule of bills to be marked up will be announced shortly. 

 

Business Meeting Page- Check Here for Additional Information

 

**This meeting will be webcast @ http://oversight.house.gov**

 

 

Lasting Implications of the General Motors Bailout

Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight, and Government Spending, Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

 

1:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 22nd in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

This hearing will examine the aftermath of the General Motors bailout and the unintended consequences of federal government entanglement with the private sector.

 

Hearing Page- Check Here for Additional Information

 

 

The Changing Role of the FDIC

Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services, and the Bailout of Public and Private Programs, Chairman Patrick McHenry, R-NC.

1:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 22nd in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

The hearing will continue the TARP and Financial Services Subcommittee’s oversight work of federal policies affecting financial markets and the economy, with a focus on the evolving role of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

 

Hearing Page- Check Here for Additional Information

 

 

THURSDAY JUNE 23rd

Improving Oversight and Accountability in Federal Grant Programs

Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, and Procurement Reform, Chairman James Lankford, R-Okla.

 

9:30 a.m. on Thursday June 23rd in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

The hearing will focus on Executive Branch spending on discretionary grants, estimated to be more than $50 billion annually. The hearing will examine the weaknesses in grant award process and identify vulnerabilities to waste, fraud, and abuse through the life of the grant.

 

Hearing Page- Check Here for Additional Information

 

**This hearing will be webcast @ http://oversight.house.gov**

 

 

FRIDAY JUNE 24th

 

Venezuela’s Sanctionable Activity

Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations, Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah

 

9:00 a.m. on Friday June 24th in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

The hearing will address the possible sanctions provided for under U.S. policy and their application in cases where Venezuelan individuals, businesses, and/or the Venezuelan Government are proven to be sanctionable through U.S. laws. This will be a joint hearing with the Oversight National Security Subcommittee chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere chaired by Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., and the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia chaired by Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio.

 

Hearing Page- Check Here for Additional Information

 

 

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: Is There a Security Gap?

Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives, Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-SC

 

9:30 a.m. on Friday June 24th in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

This hearing will examine policies in place to ensure all necessary measures are being taken to protect the American people who use the DC Metro system, including safety, outages, and related matters.

 

House Ways and Means Committee:

The Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on the recently released 2011 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds.  In what will be the first in a series of hearings on Medicare’s future, the Subcommittee will focus specifically on the Medicare program’s financial status.  The Subcommittee will hear testimony from Medicare’s two public trustees.  The hearing will take place on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 9:30 A.M.

The House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security  will hold a hearing on Social Security’s current revenue streams, proposed changes to those structures and the impact they would have on the program, beneficiaries, workers and the economy.  The hearing will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in B-318 Rayburn House Office Building, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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