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Legislative Updates

Keeping you up to date on policy action from the president's administration and the U.S. Congress.

February 2016

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>>> Energy, Transportation, and Environment

U.S. Senate Reaches Flint Crisis Aid Deal
U.S. Senators reached a deal on a measure that would give aid to Flint and other cities dealing with contaminated water issues.  The $250 million aid package would provide finance loan programs that would go towards making water infrastructure improvements as well as towards health programs that assist children suffering from lead poisoning and other toxins.  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently signed a $30 million spending bill that will help Flint residents pay their water bills.

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Senate Reaches Deal on $250M Flint Aid Package (The Hill)
Gov. Snyder Signs $30 Million Aid Package to Help with Water Bills in Flint (Associated Press)


>>> Law, Justice, and Ethics


Supreme Court Puts Clean Power Plan on Hold
The heavily-contested regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency has been put on ice for the time being.  The U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay against the EPA preventing the agency from enforcing the CPP while an appeals court considers a challenge from 29 states, as well as several industry and corporate groups. 

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Obama's Climate Change Rules Suffer Supreme Court Setback (Governing)  
Supreme Court Blocks Obama Carbon Emissions Plan (Reuters)
Supreme Court Freezes Obama Plan To Limit Carbon Emissions (The Washington Post)

Department of Justice Sues Ferguson for Violating Black Citizens’ Rights
The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the City of Ferguson alleging violations of citizens’ rights after the DOJ submitted recommendations on improving police and court practices, to the Ferguson City Council.  The lawsuit alleges “Ferguson’s policing and municipal court practices violate the Constitution, erode trust and undermine public safety.”  The Department of Justice provided these recommendations following investigations into police and court practices that targeted African American members of the community.

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Department of Justice Sues Ferguson, Which Reversed Course on Agreement (New York Times)
After Ferguson Rejects Proposed Reforms, DOJ Sues (Governing)
Justice Dept. Sues the City of Ferguson to Force Policing Reform (The Washington Post)


What’s Happening on the Hill?


House Calendar

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

  • Committee on the Judiciary, Hearing: “The Original Understanding Of The Role Of Congress And How Far We've Drifted From It” 10:00 AM |
  • Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, Hearing: Budget Hearing - Department of Veterans Affairs| 9:30 AM | 2359 Rayburn
  • Committee on Homeland Security | Subcommittee on Transportation Security|: Hearing: "The Transportation Security Administration's FY2017 Budget Request" |10:00 AM | 311 Canon HOB
  • Host: Committee on Energy and Commerce | Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce | Hearing: “Bioethics and Fetal Tissue” | 10:00 AM | HCV 210 CAPITOL
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform | Full Committee |Hearing: “Geolocation Technology And Privacy” |10:00 AM | 2154 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology | Subcommittee on Research and Technology| "Hearing: Smart Health: Empowering the Future of Mobile Apps” |10:00 AM | 2318 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs | Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs |  “Hearing: Joint Hearing VFW” | 10:00 AM | SD-G50 - Senate Dirksen Office Building, Room 50,
  • Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Defense| Hearing: Budget Hearing - United States Air Force |10:00 AM | H-140 The Capitol
  • Committee on Natural Resources |Hearing: “The Impact of the President’s FY 2017 Budget on the Energy and Mineral Leasing and Production Missions of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)” | 10:00 AM | 1324 Longworth House Office Building
  • Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies | Hearing: Budget Hearing - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration|10:00 AM | 2358-C Rayburn
  • Committee on Agriculture |Hearing: “Past Present and Future of SNAP: Examining State Options” | 10:00 AM | 1300 Longworth HOB
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Energy and Power |Hearing: The Fiscal Year 2017 DOE Budget |10:00 AM | 2123 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations| Hearing: “Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Zika Virus” |10:15 AM | 2322 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies |Hearing: Budget Hearing - Department of Energy, Applied Energy |10:30 AM | 2362-B Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Small Business |Hearing: “Commercializing on Innovation: Reauthorizing the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs” | 11:00 AM
  • Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies | Hearing: Budget Hearing - Department of the Interior | 1:00 PM | B-308 Rayburn
  • Committee on Armed Services | Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces | Hearing: Ground Force Modernization Budget Request |1:00 PM | 2212 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies | Hearing: Budget Hearing - Department of Energy, Science |1:30 PM | 2362-B Rayburn
  • Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Legislative Branch | Hearing: Budget Hearing - United States House of Representatives |1:30 PM | HT-2 The Capitol
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform | Full Committee| Hearing: “Firearms Lost: GSA's Administration Of The Surplus Firearm Donation Program” | 2:00 PM | 2154 Rayburn HOB\
  • Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies | Hearing: Budget Hearing - Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Aviation Administration | 2:00 PM | 2359 Rayburn
  • Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Homeland Security | Hearing: Budget Hearing - Transportation Security Administration |2:00 PM | H-309 The Capitol
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs | Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations | Hearing: “The Growing Threat of Cholera and Other Diseases in the Middle East” | 2:00 PM | 2172 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Appropriations | Subcommittee on Legislative Branch |Hearing: Budget Hearing - Library of Congress and United States Copyright, Program Project and Activity Review | 2:30 PM | HT-2 The Capitol
  • Joint Economic Committee | Full Committee| Hearing: “The Economic Report of the President” | 2:30 PM | 216 Hart Senate Office Building
  • Committee on Rules | Full Committee | Hearing: “H.R. 4557 - Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2016” | 3:00 PM | H-313 Capitol

Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Committee on Appropriations | Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies | Hearing: Budget Hearing - Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement| 9:00 AM | B-308 Rayburn
  • Host: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence |Hearing: Ongoing Intelligence Activities Closed |9:00 AM | HVC-304 CAPITOL
  • Host: Committee on Appropriations | Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies |Hearing: Budget Hearing - Installations, Environment, Energy and BRAC | 9:30 AM | HVC-210 The Capitol
  • Host: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology | Subcommittee on Energy | Hearing: “Department of Energy Oversight: The DOE Loan Guarantee Program” | 9:30 AM | 2318 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs | Veterans' Affairs |Hearing: Joint Hearing Multi VSO – House |10:00 AM | 345 Cannon HOB
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade | Hearing: Disrupter Series: Wearable Devices | 10:00 AM | 2123 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Appropriations | Homeland Security | Hearing: Budget Hearing - United States Coast Guard |10:00 AM | 2359 Rayburn
  • Committee on Appropriations | Defense | Hearing: Budget Hearing - United States Army |10:00 AM | H-140 The Capitol
  • Committee on Appropriations | Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies | Hearing: Budget Hearing - Bureau of Land Management | 10:00 AM | B-308 Rayburn
  • Host: Committee on Appropriations | Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies | Hearing: Budget Hearing - Department of Agriculture, Marketing and Regulatory Programs |10:15 AM | 2362-A Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Armed Services | Subcommittee on Readiness Hearing: “The Marine Corps 2017 Operations and Maintenance Budget Request and Readiness Posture” |10:30 AM | 2118 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Appropriations | Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies : Hearing: Budget Hearing - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ocean Worlds | 10:30 AM | H-309 The Capitol
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs | Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing: Addressing VA Opioid Prescription and Pain Management Practices | 10:30 AM | National Guard Headquarters 1 Minuteman Way Concord NH 03301
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Full Committee Hearing: Broad Review of Concussions: Initial Roundtable |2:00 PM | 2123 Rayburn HOB
  • Host: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure |Hearing: “The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs” |10:00 AM
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology | Subcommittee on Oversight |Hearing: “Racing to Regulate: EPA's Latest Overreach on Amateur Drivers” |10:00 AM | 2318 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology | Subcommittee on Oversight | Hearing: “Racing to Regulate: EPAs Latest Overreach on Amateur Drivers ” | 10:00 AM | 2318 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform | Full Committee Hearing: Examining Federal Administration Of The Safe Drinking Water Act In Flint, Michigan, Part 2 10:00 AM | 2154 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs | Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs |Hearing: Joint Hearing Multi VSO – Senate|10:00 AM | SD-G50 – Dirksen Room 50
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs | Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity | Hearing: “Legislative Hearing on draft legislation to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the VA” | 2:00 PM | 334 Cannon HOB
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform | Full Committee Hearing: “Examining Federal Administration Of The Safe Drinking Water Act In Flint, Michigan, Part 3” | 9:00 AM | 2154 Rayburn HOB

Senate Calendar

  • Committee on Environment and Public Works| Hearings to examine S.2446, to amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to encourage recovery and beneficial use of coal combustion residuals and establish requirements for the proper management and disposal of coal combustion residuals that are protective of human health and the environment, S.1479, to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to modify provisions relating to grants, and an original bill entitled, "Good Samaritan Cleanup of Orphan Mines Act of 2016". |9:30 AM| SD-406
  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation| An oversight hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission | 10:00 AM| SR-253       
  • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs |Hearings to examine the nominations of Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and Julie Helene Becker, Steven Nathan Berk, and Elizabeth Carroll Wingo, each to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.|10:00 AM |SD-342       
  • Committee on the Judiciary |Hearings to examine EB-5 targeted employment areas. |10:00 AM|SD-226       
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs |A joint hearing with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to examine the legislative presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.|10:00 AM |SD-G50
  • Committee on Appropriations |Subcommittee on Department of Defense |Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2017 for the Navy and Marine Corps. |10:30 AM |SD-192       
  • Appropriations| Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development |Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2017 for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation. |2:30 PM |SD-138   
  • Joint Economic Committee | Hearings to examine the Economic Report of the President.|2:30 PM | SH-216       
  • Committee on Armed Services | Hearings to examine the posture of the Department of the Air Force in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2017 and the Future Years Defense Program. | 9:30 AM |SD-G50       
  • Committee on Appropriations| Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies| Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2017 for the Department of Health and Human Services. |10:00 AM |SD-138        \
  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment | Hearings to examine regulatory reforms to improve equity market structure. |10:00 AM | SD-538       
  • Commerce, Science, and Transportation | Business meeting to consider S.2555, to provide opportunities for broadband investment, the nomination of Thomas F. Scott Darling, III, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, and routine lists in the Coast Guard.| 10:00 AM |SR-253       
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources | Hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2017 for the Department of Energy. |10:00 AM | SD-366       
  • Committee on Finance | Hearings to examine free trade agreement implementation, focusing on lessons from the past.| 10:00 AM |SD-215