Monday, February 29, 2016

Congressional Hearings – Week of 2-28-16

With both the House and Senate in session this week there will be a large number of budget related hearings in both bodies. Additionally, readers of this blog may be interested in one other hearing this week; this one on the re-authorization of pipeline safety.


The budget hearings that may be of specific interest to readers of this blog include:

TSA Budget Hearing – Transportation Security Subcommittee (House);
FRA Budget Hearing - Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee (House);
TSA Budget Hearing – Homeland Security Subcommittee (House);
Coast Guard Budget Hearing – Homeland Security Subcommittee (House); and
TSA Budget Hearing – Homeland Security Subcommittee (Senate)

Pipeline Safety Re-Authorization

On Tuesday the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on “Pipeline Safety Reauthorization”. Unlike last week’s Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on the same topic, a committee draft of the potential bill is available as is a background memo from the Committee staff.

The witness list for the hearing includes:

• Andrew Black, Association of Oil Pipe Lines;
• Ron Bradley, PECO Energy;
• Marie Therese Dominguez, PHMSA:
• Norman J. Saari, Michigan Public Service Commission;
• Donald Santa, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
• Carl Weimer, Pipeline Safety Trust

On The Floor

There is nothing of specific interest in the way of legislation on the floor of the House this week. In the Senate we again have a possibility that the S 2012, the energy authorization bill may actually get final consideration, but the Flint water mess may still hold up consideration of that bill.

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