Both the House and Senate will be in session this week. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDA) for 2016 is big on both sides of the Hill. The THUD (Transportation, Housing and Urban Development) spending bill is also moving forward. There are also two other hearings of potential interest to readers of this blog on drones and EMP.
The Senate Armed Services Committee and various sub-committees will be marking up their NDA (S 1118) all week. The text of that bill hasn’t been released yet, so we will have to wait and see what the final bill looks like, probably next week.
The House Rules Committee only has a general debate scheduled for the House version of the NDA (HR 1735). That hearing is scheduled for tomorrow evening. But the House is scheduled to take up the bill later this week so a rule meeting will almost certainly be held on Wednesday.
The House Appropriations Committee will markup the THUD bill on Wednesday. It would not be surprising to see amendments concerning rail hazmat issues.
The Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a markup hearing on Wednesday. Five bills will be addressed, including HR 1646, the Homeland Security Drone Assessment and Analysis Act. This bill has some serious bipartisan support and should move to the floor of the House rather quickly.
The Interior and National Security Subcommittees of the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee will be holding a hearing on Wednesday looking at the threat of EMP events. No witness list is yet available.