Monday, June 22, 2009

Congressional Hearings – Week of 06-22-09

According to the Daily Digest (06-19-09) of the Congressional Record, it looks like there will only be two hearings this week that will deal of matters of interest to the chemical security committee. As I have already mentioned the Homeland Security Committee will finish up their markup of HR 2868, CFATA of 2009, on Tuesday at 5:30 pm. This should be a fairly quick ‘hearing’ as there should only be recorded votes on two amendments that ‘failed on voice votes’ on Friday. Then the Committee should vote on the bill as amended. There is always the possibility that additional amendments might be brought up, but it is unlikely that it will happen on this bill. The second hearing will be in the House Rules Committee and will cover HR 2892, the DHS Appropriations Act, 2010. This is where the Rules Committee will establish the ground rules for the debate of this bill on the Floor of the House. The most important part of this hearing will be determining what amendments will be debated and voted upon. It is very likely that this bill will come to the floor before the July 4th recess.

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