Monday, May 9, 2022

Committee Hearings – Week of 5-8-22

This week, with both the House and Senate back in Washington, there is a heavy committee hearing schedule with a major focus on the FY 2023 budget. We also have one cybersecurity hearing and a hearing on the reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board.

FY 2023 Budget Hearings

Tuesday – DOT – THUD Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee,

Wednesday – DOD – DOD Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee,

Wednesday – NSF – CSJ Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee,

Wednesday – DOC – CSJ Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee,

Thursday – DOC – CSJ Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee,

Thursday – Coast Guard – Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee,

Thursday – DOE Science & Energy – EWD Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee,

Cybersecurity Hearing

On Wednesday two subcommittees of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will be holding a hearing on “Securing The Digital Commons: Open-Source Software Cybersecurity”. The witness list includes:

• Brian Behlendorf, Open Source Security Foundation, and

• Andrew Lohn, Georgetown University

I do not expect much specific focus on operational technology issues.

STB Reauthorization

On Thursday, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing on “Board Member Views on Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization”. The witness list will include:

• Martin Oberrman, Chair, STB,

• Patrick Fuchs, Member STB,

• Robert Primus, Member STB,

• Michelle Schultz, Member STB, and

• Karen Hedlund, Member STB

I suspect that there will be a number of questions about the Board’s views on the current railroad service issues and potential future actions by the Board.

On the Floor

The House plans to consider the following bills of interest here this week under the suspension of the rules process:

HR 7077 – Empowering the U.S. Fire Administration Act, as amended,

S 2201 – Supply Chain Security Training Act of 2021,

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