Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
November 19, 2014
113th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 160, No. 142 — Daily Edition
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[Daily Digest] [Pages D1043-D1044] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE ARMED SERVICES Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing entitled ``Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. EXAMINING MEDICAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT IN THE WAKE OF THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Examining Medical Product Development in the Wake of the Ebola Epidemic''. Testimony was heard from Robin Robinson, Director, BARDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Luciana Borio, Assistant Commissioner, Counterterrorism Policy, Food and Drug Administration; Rear Admiral Steve Redd, Senior Advisor for Ebola Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. CYANOTOXINS IN DRINKING WATER Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing entitled ``Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water''. Testimony was heard from Craig W. Butler, Director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; Peter Grevatt, Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Environmental Protection Agency; and public witnesses. OPPORTUNITIES FOR A PRIVATE AND COMPETITIVE SUSTAINABLE FLOOD INSURANCE MARKET Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing entitled ``Opportunities for a Private and Competitive Sustainable Flood Insurance Market''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a markup on H.R. 5648, to improve defense cooperation between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. H.R. 5648 was forwarded to the Full Committee, without amendment. NEXT STEPS FOR U.S. FOREIGN POLICY ON SYRIA AND IRAQ Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing entitled ``Next Steps for U.S. Foreign Policy on Syria and Iraq''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. OVERSIGHT OF THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the United States Secret Service''. Testimony was heard from Joseph P. Clancy, Acting Director, Secret Service. A portion of this hearing was closed. COPYRIGHT ISSUES IN EDUCATION AND FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing entitled ``Copyright Issues in Education and for the Visually Impaired''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a markup on the following legislative measures: H.R. 1561, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to make improvements to support facilities for National Historic Sites operated by the National Park Service, and for other purposes; H.R. 1785, the ``Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act''; H.R. 4220, the ``School District 318 Land Exchange Act''; H.R. 4668, the ``Point Spencer Coast Guard and Public-Private Sector Infrastructure Development Facilitation and Land Conveyance Act''; H.R. 4924, the ``Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014''; H.R. 4979, the ``Red River Private Property Protection Act''; H.R. 5086, to amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes; H.R. 5176, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to retire coal preference right lease applications for which the Secretary has made an affirmative commercial quantities determination, and for other purposes; and H.R. 5699, the ``John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act''. The following legislation was ordered reported, without amendment: H.R. 1561, H.R. 4220, H.R. 4668, H.R. 5086, and H.R. 5176. The following legislation was ordered reported, as amended: H.R. 1785, H.R. 4924, H.R. 4979, and H.R. 5699. [[Page D1044]] VOLCANO HAZARDS: EXPLORING THE NATIONAL PREPARATION AND RESPONSE Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing entitled ``Volcano Hazards: Exploring the National Preparation and Response''. Testimony was heard from Charles Mandeville, Volcano Hazards Program Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey; Tom Drean, Director and State Geologist, Wyoming State Geological Survey; Gordon Ito, Insurance Commissioner, State of Hawaii; Darryl Oliveira (via video conference), Director, Hawaii County Civil Defense; and a public witness. EXAMINING DATA SECURITY AT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census held a hearing entitled ``Examining Data Security at the United States Postal Service''. Testimony was heard from the following United States Postal Service officials: Randy Miskanic, Vice President of Secure Digital Solutions; Guy Cottrell, Chief Postal Inspector, Postal Service Inspection Service; and Tammy Whitcomb, Deputy Inspector General, Office of Inspector General; Charles Hamby, Narcotic Enforcement Division, Prince George's County Police Department; and a public witness. THE ROLE OF THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER IN THE HEALTHCARE.GOV WEBSITE DEBACLE Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing entitled ``The Role of the White House Chief Technology Officer in the HealthCare.gov Website Debacle''. Testimony was heard from a public witness. THE ROLE OF THE STATE APPROVING AGENCIES IN ENSURING QUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``The Role of the State Approving Agencies in Ensuring Quality Education Programs for Veterans''. Testimony was heard from Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefit Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses. LEGISLATIVE MEASURES Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on the following legislative measures: H.R. 4720, the ``Medal of Honor Priority Care Act''; H.R. 4887, the ``Expanding Care for Veterans Act''; H.R. 4977, the ``COVER Act''; H.R. 5059, the ``Clay Hunt SAV Act''; H.R. 5475, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the care provided by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to newborn children; H.R. 5484, the ``Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014''; and H.R. 5686, the ``Physician Ambassadors Helping Veterans Act''. Testimony was heard from the following Representatives: Walberg, Bilirakis, Walz, Collins of Georgia, and Culberson; Rajiv Jain, M.D., Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses. Joint Meetings SECURITY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded a hearing to examine combating corruption in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe region, focusing on the link between security and good governance, including a need to build effective institutions and the important role played by civil society in combating corruption, after receiving testimony from Halil Yurdakul Yigitguden, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Coordinator for Economic and Environmental Affairs, Vienna, Austria; and Shaazka Beyerle, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Center for Transatlantic Relations, and Anders Aslund, Peterson Institute for International Economics, both of Washington, DC.