Committee Watch: House to examine Obamacare regulatory burden 

On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce's Health Subcommittee, will hold a hearing to explore the regulatory burden imposed by the new national health care law featuring testimony from Steve Larsen, the director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It is one of a handful of key hearings this week.

Here's the schedule for the House Energy and Commerce Committtee:

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on Monday, June 13, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing will focus on H.R. 2054, the “Energy and Revenue Enrichment Act of 2011.” 

Bill Text of H.R. 2054

Background Memo

Witness List

Panel One

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
U.S. Senator from Kentucky
Witness Testimony 

Panel Two

Mr. Gene Aloise
Government Accountability Office
Director of Natural Resources & Environment
Witness Testimony (Truth in Testimony Form)

The Honorable Daniel B. Poneman
Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Energy
Witness Testimony 

Panel Three

Mr. Jim H. Key
Vice President
United Steelworkers Union Local 550
Witness Testimony (Truth in Testimony Form)

Mr. Herman Potter
President
United Steelworkers Local 689
Witness Testimony (Truth in Testimony Form)

The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled “The NRC Inspector General Report on the ‘NRC Chairman’s Unilateral Decision to Terminate NRC’s Review of the DOE Yucca Mountain Repository License Application.’”  

Background Memo

NRC Inspector General's Report

Witness List

The Honorable Hubert T. Bell
Inspector General, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

accompanied by Mr. Joseph McMillan
Assistant Inspector General for Investigations

and Ms. Rossana Raspa
Senior Level Assistant for Investigative Operations

 The Health Subcommittee hearing which took place on Thursday, June 2, 2011, will reconvene on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled "PPACA’s Effects on Maintaining Health Coverage and Jobs: A Review of the Health Care Law’s Regulatory Burden." 

Background memo

Witness List

Steve Larsen
Director
Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Witness testimony

June 16, 2011

 

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold the tenth day of its hearing on “The American Energy Initiative” on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  This day of the hearing will focus on pipeline safety oversight. 

Witness List:

Panel 1
The Honorable Cynthia L. Quarterman
Administrator
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
 
Panel 2
Mr. Andrew J. Black
President
Association of Oil Pipe Lines
(and on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute)
 
Mr. Charles F. Dippo, PE
Vice President, Engineering Services & System Integrity
South Jersey Gas Company
(on behalf of the American Gas Association)
 
Mr. Christopher A. Helms
Executive Vice President and Group CEO
NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage
(on behalf of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America)
 
Mr. Carl WeimEr
Executive Director
Pipeline Safety Trust
 
Anthony Swift
Energy Analyst, International Program
Natural Resources Defense Council

Here's the schedule for this week's hearings before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee:

Title: Obstruction of Justice: Does the Justice Department Have to Respond to a Lawfully Issued and Valid Congressional Subpoena?

Date/Time: 1:30 p.m. on Monday June 13th

Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

This hearing will examine the constitutional questions raised by both the Department of Justice's refusal to comply with a Congressional subpoena as well as the withholding of documents from a Congressional subpoena. It is the first in a series of hearings on Operation Fast and Furious.

The following witnesses are currently slated to appear at the hearing. Testimony will be posted online as it becomes available. The hearing will be webcast live at Oversight.House.Gov.

Witnesses

• Professor Charles Tiefer, Commissioner, Commission on Wartime Contracting

Professor Tiefer was chief litigator for the House of Representatives and was a courtroom advocate in numerous major cases. He served in 1996 as deputy minority counsel of the U.S. House "Bosniagate" investigating sub-committee and in 1987 as the Special Deputy Chief Counsel for the House Iran-Contra Committee. Professor Tiefer has had extensive immersion in investigative processes on diverse issues, including oversight investigations of foreign affairs and government contracting. He was appointed to his current role by Senator Harry Reid.

• Mr. Morton Rosenberg, Former Specialist in American Public Law with the American Law Division of the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.

Mr. Rosenberg specialized in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law and process, congressional practice and procedure, and labor law, and in the problems raised by the interface of Congress and the Executive which involve the scope of the congressional oversight and investigative prerogatives, the validity of claims of executive and common law privileges before committees, and issues raised by the presidential exercise of temporary and recess appointment power.

• Mr. Todd Tatelman, Legislative Attorney, Congressional Research Service's American Law Division

Mr. Tatelman specializes and advises Members of Congress, Committees, and Staff in the areas of Congressional Laws and Procedure (oversight and investigations), Constitutional Law, Transportation Law, and International Trade Law.

WASHINGTON-House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has invited Recovery and Accountability Board Chairman Earl Devaney to testify alongside Nevada State Controller Kim Wallin and open government experts on Tuesday.

The hearing will focus on solutions to increasing the transparency and accountability of the federal government. It follows up on the March 11th technology subcommittee hearing examined the lack of accuracy in federal spending data.

The hearing will be webcast live at http://oversight.house.gov. Witness testimony will be posted at the hearing page as it becomes available.

Title: Achieving Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending

Date/Time: 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday June 14th

Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building and online at http://oversight.house.gov

Witnesses

  • The Honorable Earl Devaney, Chairman, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board
  • The Honorable Kim Wallin, Controller, State of Nevada
  • Ms. Ellen Miller, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sunlight Foundation
  • Mr. Patrick Quinlan, President, Rivet Software
  • Mr. Craig Jennings, Director, Federal Fiscal Policy, OMB Watch

Title: "Operation Fast and Furious: Reckless Decisions, Tragic Outcomes"

Date/Time: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday June 15th

Location: Room 2154, Rayburn House Office Building

This hearing will examine the tragic consequences of Operation Fast and Furious, started by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in the fall of 2009. In Fast and Furious, ATF encouraged gun store owners to sell weapons to straw buyers suspected of working on behalf of Mexican drug cartels. ATF allowed known criminals to purchase guns and traffic them into Mexico. Operation Fast and Furious has been linked to deaths and other crimes in both the U.S. and Mexico, including the December 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

"The reckless decisions of ATF and Justice Department officials in Operation Fast and Furious have devastated lives and put fear into communities on both sides of the border," said Chairman Issa. "By exploring this Justice Department sanctioned program, we can better understand the flawed process surrounding the genesis and implementation of an operation that put guns into the hands of criminals."

It is the second in a series of hearings on Operation Fast and Furious. The first hearing, titled "Obstruction of Justice: Does the Justice Department Have to Respond to a Lawfully Issued and Valid Congressional Subpoena?" will be held on Monday, June 13th. More information on this hearing is available here . The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Senator Charles Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee have jointly conducted this investigation.

The following witnesses are currently slated to appear at the hearing. Testimony will be posted online as it becomes available. The hearing will be webcast live at Oversight.House.Gov .

Witnesses

Panel 1

· Senator Charles Grassley, Ranking Member, U.S. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary

Panel 2

· Ms. Josephine Terry, Mother of the Late Border Agent Brian Terry

· Ms. Michelle Terry Balogh, Sister of the Late Border Agent Brian Terry

· Mr. Robert Heyer, Cousin of the Late Border Agent Brian Terry

· Special Agent Olindo James Casa, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Phoenix Field Division

· Special Agent Peter Forcelli, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Phoenix Field Division

· Special Agent John Dodson, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Phoenix Field Division

Panel 3

· Mr. Ronald Weich, Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice

The Full Committee Field Hearing entitled, "Unionization Through Regulation: The NLRB's Holding Pattern on Free Enterprise" will take place at 12:30pmET on Friday, June 17th, at the Charleston County Council Chambers, The Lonnie Hamilton Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina.

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