Monday, February 3, 2014

Congressional Hearings – Week of 2-2-14

This week with both the House and Senate in session again, there will be two hearings held that might be of specific interest to readers of this blog; a hearing on the Coast Guard homeland security mission and a markup of cybersecurity legislation.

Coast Guard

On Tuesday the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the “Future of the Homeland Security Missions of the Coast Guard.” The only witness currently scheduled will be the Commandant, Admiral Papp. MTSA issues may certainly be raised.

Cybersecurity Legislation

On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee will be holding a markup hearing of the Chairman’s cybersecurity bill, HR 3696. This is the bipartisan National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013 and it is looking increasingly like it may have a good chance of passage this year. The Committee will consider substitute language that I haven’t yet had a chance to review.

On the Floor

Not much happening in the House this week. HR 1791 is being considered today. It is an emergency response grant bill that will certainly pass with broad bipartisan support.

The Senate will be finishing up their consideration of HR 2642, the Agriculture authorization bill.

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