Monday, April 1, 2019

Committee Hearings – Week of 03-31-19

This week with both the House and Senate in session we continue to see a number of budget hearings. There is also a pipeline safety hearing

Budget Hearings

• House Homeland Security Subcommittee - TSA
• House Intelligence Committee – Intel Community (closed)
• House Energy and Water Development Subcommittee – Science, Energy and Environment
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee - DOE

Pipeline Safety

On Tuesday the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing on “Pipeline Safety: Reviewing the Status of Mandates and Examining Additional Safety Needs”. The witness list includes:

• Howard "Skip" R. Elliott, PHMSA;
• Jennifer L. Homendy, NTSB;
• Carl Weimer, Pipeline Safety Trust;
• Andrew J. Black, Association of Oil Pipe Lines;
• Dan Eggleston, International Association of Fire Chiefs;
• Richard B. Kuprewicz, Accufacts Inc.;
• Robin Rorick, API; and
• Elgie Holstein, Environmental Defense Fund

There is an outside chance that there will be a few questions related to pipeline cybersecurity.

On the Floor of the House

As I reported on Saturday the House will take up HR 1589, the CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2019. The bill will be considered under the House suspension of the rules process. This requires a super-majority to pass with minimal debate and no floor amendments. The bill is expected to receive substantial bipartisan support.

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