Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Committee Hearings – Week of 12-03-17

With the end of year holidays fast approaching the Congressional hearing calendar is getting light. There are two hearings this week that may be of specific interest to readers of this blog; the Continuing Resolution and a cybersecurity hearing.


The House Rules Committee Hearing that I mentioned yesterday has been postponed until today with the House leadership trying to work out the political bugs in its consideration. This would lead to a vote in the House tomorrow and the Senate on Friday. Any further slippage could cause some problems since the current funding runs out at midnight on Friday.

This CR (HJ Res 123) will only kick the can down the road a piece. The leadership still needs to come up with a deal to fund the government for the rest of the year. Speaker Ryan’s problem is that he is trying to find a Republican-only-bill that can make it past the Democrat’s filibuster in the Senate.

Grid Cybersecurity

On Friday the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will be holding a hearing on “Examining the Role of the Department of Energy in Energy Sector Cybersecurity”. Only one witness is scheduled; Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy. This is going to be more of a policy type discussion rather than addressing the nuts and bolts of cybersecurity issues.

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