Look Ahead: Committee Announces Hearing and Vote Schedule for Week of December 9

December 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Energy and Commerce today announced its hearing and vote schedule for the week of December 9, 2013. The committee will continue its oversight of the president’s health care law as well as the Federal Communications Commission and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The committee will also vote on a number of bills aimed at improving public health, reducing outdated regulations, and reforming FCC process.

On Tuesday, December 10, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing on “The State of Online Gaming.” The subcommittee will examine the current regulatory landscape for online gambling after the Justice Department’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act. The subcommittee will also review H.R. 2666, the Internet Poker Freedom Act. The Majority Memorandum and witness list are available here and witness testimony will be available at the same link as they are posted.

Also on Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a markup of three public health bills reviewed by the subcommittee in November. They are:

  • H.R. 3527 - the Poison Control Centers Reauthorization, introduced by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), which reauthorizes important activities related to poison control centers;
  • H.R. 1098 - the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act, which reauthorizes programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and support TBI surveillance systems and registries.
  • H.R. 1281 - the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, which reauthorizes federal programs that provide assistance to states to improve and expand their newborn screening programs.

A Background Memo and electronic copies of the legislation can be found on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website here. Amendments and votes will be available at the same link as they are posted.

Finally, on Tuesday, the full committee will begin a markup on a number of bills from the Health, Energy and Power, and Communications and Technology subcommittees. They are:

  • H.R. 3527, the Poison Center Network Act;
  • H.R. 1098, the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act;
  • H.R. 1281, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act;
  • H.R. 724, a bill to amend the Clean Air Act to remove the requirement for dealer certification of new light-duty motor vehicles;
  • H.R. __, a bill to amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to strengthen the collaboration between the United States and Israel on energy development and to bolster the existing United States-Israel energy relationship by encouraging increased cooperation between the two countries; and
  • H.R. __, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act.

The committee will reconvene on Wednesday, December 11, to vote on the legislation. Background Memo and electronic copies of the legislation can be found on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website here. Amendments and votes will be available at the same link as they are posted.

On Wednesday, December 11, the Subcommittee on Health will hear from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as it continues its oversight of the president’s health care law with a hearing on “PPACA Implementation Failures: What’s Next?” Secretary Sebelius last appeared before the full committee on October 30. Since then the committee’s investigation has uncovered documents demonstrating that on April 4 the secretary was warned of the challenges about meeting the October 1 launch date, but on April 18 testified that implementation was “on track.” The Majority Memorandum and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

On Thursday, December 12, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission” featuring the testimony of all five FCC commissioners.. Members last heard from the full commission in July 2012. With the confirmation of a new chairman, the subcommittee intends to conduct general oversight and discuss the breadth of issues before the commission. The Majority Memorandum and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

Also on Thursday, the Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Environment and the Economy will hold a joint hearing on “Oversight of NRC Management and the Need for Legislative Reform.” The commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will testify at the hearing focused on the NRC’s management and efficiency and actions to comply with the recent court order directing the commission to resume its consideration of the Department of Energy’s license application for Yucca Mountain. The subcommittees will also review legislation authored by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), H.R. 3132, the NRC Reorganization Plan Codification and Complements Act, which would clarify the commissioners’ powers and reform how the commission conducts policymaking. The Majority Memorandum and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
12:30 p.m.
2123 Rayburn
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
Hearing on “The State of Online Gaming”

2 p.m.
2322 Rayburn
Subcommittee on Health
Markup of H.R. 3527, the “Poison Center Network Act”; H.R. 1098, the “Traumatic Brian Injury Reauthorization Act;” and H.R. 1281, the “Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act.”

4:30 p.m
2123 Rayburn
Energy and Commerce Committee
Full Committee Markup (Opening Statements only)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
10 a.m.
2123 Rayburn
Subcommittee on Health
Hearing on “PPACA Implementation Failures: What’s Next?”

12:30 p.m.
2123 Rayburn
Energy and Commerce Committee
Reconvening of Full Committee Markup

Thursday, December 12, 2013
10 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission”

10:15 a.m.
2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Environment and the Economy
Hearing on “Oversight of NRC Management and the Need for Legislative Reform”

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