Daybook-Wednesday-Congress-Senate

Associated Press Daybook-Wednesday-Congress-Senate for Wednesday, Sep. 12.

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Wednesday, Sep. 12 10:00 AM Senate Banking Committee hearing on Russia sanctions – Hearing on ‘Countering Russia: Assessing New Tools’, with testimony from American Enterprise Institute Director of Russian Studies Dr Leon Aron; Center for New American Security Energy, Economics and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg; and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Daleep Singh

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 538, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://banking.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, 1 202 224 7391

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Wednesday, Sep. 12 10:00 AM Helsinki Commission hearing on black and minority populations in Europe – Helsinki Commission hearing on ‘Race, Rights, and Politics: Black and Minority Populations in Europe’, with Members of Parliament Olivio Kocsis-Cake (Hungary), Clive Lewis (UK), and Killion Munyama (Poland), German state parliament member Aminata Toure, UK Prime Minister’s Special Adviser for Social Justice, Young People & Opportunities Nero Ughwujabo and Race Disparity Advisory Group Chair Simon Woolley, and European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) Coordinator Alfiaz Vaiya discussing the state of their democracies and recent efforts to address inclusion of Europe’s diverse populations, including findings from the European Parliament’s People of African Descent Week and UK’s Race Disparity Audit Report

Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Rm 2220, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://www.csce.gov, https://twitter.com/HelsinkiComm

Contacts: Stacy Hope, Helsinki Commission, Stacy.Hope@mail.house.gov, 1 202 225 1901

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Wednesday, Sep. 12 3:00 PM Helsinki Commission briefing on free-trade zones – Helsinki Commission briefing on ‘Free-Trade Zones: Productive or Destructive?’, exploring ‘the value of FTZs across the world and the potential for reform, especially in areas where laws are poorly enforced’. American Enterprise Institute Fellow Dr Clay Fuller, OECD High Level Risk Forum Senior Project Manager Jack Radisch, Crime Stoppers International Regional Director of Caribbean, Bermuda & Latin American Crime Stoppers Alejo Campos, and Europol Liaison Bureau’s Pedro Assares Rodrigues discuss ‘the interplay of globalized corruption, transnational criminal organizations, and authoritarianism in and around FTZs’, provide data on ‘how these factors lubricate the movement of illicit goods’, and recommend policy responses

Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Rm 385, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://www.csce.gov, https://twitter.com/HelsinkiComm

Contacts: Helsinki Commission media, info@csce.gov, 1 202 225 1901

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Wednesday, Sep. 12 3:00 PM Senate aims to end debate on IRS commissioner nominee – Senate convenes and resumes consideration of the nomination of Charles Rettig to be Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, with agenda including vote on motion to invoke cloture on the nomination

Location: U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://www.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate, 1 202 224 3121

Vote at 5:30PM

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Wednesday, Sep. 12 – Friday, Sep. 14 NFU Fall Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC – National Farmers Union Fall Legislative Fly-In, with 350 family farmers and ranchers in Washington, DC, to meet administration officials and Members of Congress. Day one includes briefing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (with speakers including Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Chief Agriculture Negotiator Gregg Doud) and ‘Farm Bill Forum’ at the U.S. Capitol (with speakers including Democrats Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly, Tina Smith, and Michael Bennet and Reps. Jim McGovern and Chellie Pingree, and Republican Sens. John Hoeven and Chuck Grassley)

Location: Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://www.nfu.org, https://twitter.com/NFUDC

Contacts: Andrew Jerome, NFU press, ajerome@nfudc.org, 1 202 314 3106

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Thursday, Sep. 13 10:00 AM Senate Banking Committee hearing on the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act – Hearing on ‘Implementation of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act’, with testimony from Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting; Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman for Supervision Randal Quarles; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Jelena McWilliams; and National Credit Union Administration Chairman J. Mark McWatters

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 538, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://banking.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, 1 202 224 7391

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Thursday, Sep. 13 10:00 AM Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on trade – Hearing on ‘Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Trade’, with testimony from Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud; Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney; and U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Dr Robert Johansson

Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Rm 328A, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://agriculture.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, 1 202 224 2035

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Thursday, Sep. 13 10:00 AM Hearing ‘To Examine the Role of U.S. LNG in Meeting European Energy Demand’

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 366, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://energy.senate.gov/public/

Contacts: Senate Energy Committee, 1 202 224 4971

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Thursday, Sep. 13 10:00 AM Senate Transportation Committee hearing on ‘Transportation of Tomorrow’ – Hearing on ‘Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America’, with testimony from Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada General Manager Tina Quigley; Virgin Hyperloop One Business Strategy Director Josh Raycroft; Rolls-Royce Marine North America Naval Ship Intelligence & Technologies Campaigns Lead Davis Sanford; and GE Transportation Chief Digital Officer Laurie Tolson

Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Rm 253, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://commerce.senate.gov, https://twitter.com/SenateCommerce

Contacts: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation press, 1 202 224 4546

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Thursday, Sep. 13 10:00 AM Senate Public Works Committee hearing on advanced nuclear technology – Hearing on ‘Advanced Nuclear Technology: Safety and Associated Benefits of Licensing Accident Tolerant Fuels for Commercial Nuclear Reactors’, with testimony from Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research Director Raymond Furstenau; Electric Power Research Institute Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer and Senior Director of Research & Development Tina Taylor; Southern Nuclear Company Nuclear Fuels & Analysis Director John Williams; and General Atomics Vice President for Nuclear Technologies and Materials Dr Christina Back

Location: Rm 406, Dirksen Senate Office Bldg, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://epw.senate.gov/public/

Contacts: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, 1 202 224 8832

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Thursday, Sep. 13 10:00 AM Senate Judiciary Committee could vote on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh – Executive Business Meeting, with agenda including nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, although with the Committee having noted that it is expecting the nomination to be held over until a subsequent meeting. Agenda also includes ‘S. 2961, Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018’, ‘S. 3354, Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 2018’, ‘S. 3170, CyberTipline Modernization Act of 2018’, ‘S.2785, DETER Act’, and ‘S. 3178, Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018’ and nominations including Ryan Douglas Nelson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, Richard Sullivan to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, Jonathan Kobes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, Gary Richard Brown, Diane Gujarati, Eric Ross Komitee, and Rachel Kovner to be U.S. District Judges for the Eastern District of New York, and Stephen Clark Sr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 226, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://judiciary.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate Judiciary Committee press, 1 202 224 7703

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Thursday, Sep. 13 10:15 AM Senate Foreign Relations Committee Business Meeting, hearing on Russia, Syria, and the Middle East – Business Meeting, with agenda including consideration of nominations of Lynda Blanchard to be U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia; Earl Robert Miller to be U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh; Daniel Rosenblum to be U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan; Kip Tom for the rank of ambassador during his tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture; Karen Williams to be U.S. Ambassador to Suriname; Donald Yamamoto to be U.S. Ambassador to Somalia; Kevin Sullivan to be U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua; Francisco Luis Palmieri to be U.S. Ambassador to Honduras; and Mark Rosen to be U.S. Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund * Immediately followed by hearing on ‘Russia’s Role in Syria and the Broader Middle East’, with testimony from Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield; Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Robert Karem; and USAID Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East Jeanne Pryor

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 419, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://foreign.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 1 202 224 4651

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Thursday, Sep. 13 10:30 AM Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on evolving threats – Hearing on ‘Evolving Threats to the Homeland’, with testimony from FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia; NFL Senior Vice President of Security Cathy Lanier; Idaho National Laboratory Infrastructure Security Department Manager Scott McBride; and lnteros Solutions President and CEO Jennifer Bisceglie

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 342, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://hsgac.senate.gov/, https://twitter.com/SenateHSGAC

Contacts: Senate Committee on Homeland Security, 1 202 224 2627

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Thursday, Sep. 13 10:30 AM Senate Budget Committee hearing on CBO transparency – Hearing on ‘An Update on Transparency at the Congressional Budget Office’, with testimony from CBO Director Dr Keith Hall

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 608, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://budget.senate.gov/, https://twitter.com/SenateBudget

Contacts: Senate Budget Committee, 1 202 224 0642

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Thursday, Sep. 13 2:00 PM Nominations hearing considers Gail Ennis to be Social Security Administration Inspector General

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 215, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://finance.senate.gov

Contacts: Senate Committee on Finance communications, 1 202 224 4515

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Thursday, Sep. 13 2:00 PM Closed Briefing: Intelligence Matters

Location: Rm 219, Hart Senate Office Bldg, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://intelligence.senate.gov

Contacts: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 1 202 224 1700

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