Tuesday - July 16, 2019
U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from all members of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate as well as the House and Senate leadership and House and Senate committees.

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Senator Lankford Releases Podcast on Solution to End Government Shutdowns
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release:

The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released an episode of Lankford's podcast, The Breakdown with James Lankford. Lankford discusses the budget that must be agreed upon by the House, Senate, and White House; what must happen to avoid another government shutdown; and the next steps necessary to pass the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act.

Lankford and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act, a bipartisan Senate proposal to address the threat of government ... Show Full Article

Senate Environment Committee Sets Hearing on Electric Battery Production
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued the following hearing information: Electric Battery Production and Waste: Opportunities and Challenges at 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on July 17:

Witnesses:

Panel 1

* James Greenberger, Executive Director, NAATBatt International

* Michael Sanders, Senior Advisor, Avicenne Energy US

* Ajay Chawan, Associate Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

House Natural Resources Committee Sets Markup on Three Bills
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The House Natural Resources Committee issued the following hearing information: Markup on three bills at 1324 Longworth House Office Building at 10 a.m. on July 17:

Markup and consider the following bills:

* H.R. 1373 (Rep. Grijalva), To protect, for current and future generations, the watershed, ecosystem, and cultural heritage of the Grand Canyon region in the State of Arizona, and for other purposes. "Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act." Amendments to H.R. 1373 must be drafted to the amendment in the nature of a substitute, attached to this notice.

* H.R. 2181 (Rep. ... Show Full Article

House Labor Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Scaling Up Apprenticeships
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The House Education and Labor subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment issued the following hearing information: Scaling Up Apprenticeships: Building on the Success of International Apprenticeship Models at 2175 Rayburn House Office Building at 10:15 a.m. on July 16:

Witnesses

* Tim Bradley, Minister Counsellor for Industry, Science and Education, Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.

* Silvia Annen, Senior Researcher, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Bonn, Germany

* Simon Marti, Head of Office, SwissCore, Brussels, Belgium

House Judiciary Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Policy Changes at Citizenship & Immigration Services
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The House Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship issued the following hearing information: Policy changes and processing delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at 2237 Rayburn House Office Building at 12 p.m. on July 16:

Witnesses

* Jill Marie Bussey, Director of Advocacy, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

* Eric Cohen, Executive Director, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

* Michael Hoefer, Chief, Office of Performance and Quality, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

* Marketa Lindt, President, American Immigration Lawyers Association

* ... Show Full Article

House Financial Services Committee Sets Hearing on Examining Facebook's Proposed Cryptocurrency
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The House Financial Services Committee issued the following hearing information: Examining Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency and its impact on consumers, investors, and the American financial system at 2128 Rayburn House Office Building at 10 a.m. on July 17:

Legislation

* H.R.____, the "Keep Big Tech Out of Finance Act" [DRAFT]

Witness List

Panel I

* David Marcus, Chief Executive Officer, Calibra

Panel II

* Chris Brummer, Agnes N. Williams Research Professor Director, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center

* Katharina Pistor, Edwin ... Show Full Article

House Commerce Subcommittees Sets Hearing on Spread of Illicit Fentanyl
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations issued the following hearing information: Oversight of federal efforts to combat the spread of illicit fentanyl at 2123 Rayburn House Office Building at 10 a.m. on July 16:

Witnesses

* Kemp Chester, Assistant Director of the National Opioids and Synthetics Coordination Group, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

* Matthew Donahue, Regional Director North and Central Americas, Operation Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice

* Thomas Overacker, Executive ... Show Full Article