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Nomination Hearings Dominate Week 2 of the 115th Congress
Posted January 08, 2017 by Ryan Donovan

The House and the Senate will be in session this week.  The House will consider a number of regulatory reform bills that originated in the House Financial Services Committee; among them the “SEC Regulatory Accountability Act” (H.R. 78), the “Commodity End-User Relief Act” (H.R. 238), and the “Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act” (H.R. 79). 

The Senate will resume consideration of S.Con.Res.3, the FY 2017 budget resolution and repeal of the 2010 health care law, as well as voting on amendments to the resolution in a process commonly referred to as “vote-a-rama.”  

In Committee

As usual, we are following several committee meetings this week, and they focus almost exclusively on hearings to vet Trump Administration appointees to head major federal departments.

Tuesday

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to be attorney general.

Wednesday

  • The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Education secretary.
  • The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the nomination of Elaine Chao to be Transportation secretary.
  • The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the nomination of retired Gen. John Kelly to be Homeland Security secretary.

Thursday

  • The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the nomination of Wilbur Ross to be Commerce secretary.
  • The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the nomination of Benjamin Carson to be HUD secretary.