Week Back Week Ahead In Congress: Monday December 8, 2014

Erin Carson, Lead Analyst Tuesday December 9th 2014

The Week Behind in Congress

The House passed tax extension legislation, the $585 billion fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, and a series of suspension bills last week. The Senate spent the week considering Obama administration nominations. 

The full report on the week’s activity is provided below.

House Floor Action

The House passed a new version of its tax extension legislation with strong bipartisan vote. Retiring Ways and Means Chairman David Camp (D-MI) introducedH.R. 5771: Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 on Dec. 1 and the House voted to pass the legislation on Dec. 3 by a vote of 378-46, with 26 Republicans voting no. H.R.5771 includes a huge package of business and individual tax extensions, such as the research tax credit and mortgage tax deduction, as well as a retroactive renewable energy production tax credit effective until the end of 2014. The Senate is expected to consider this legislation, which they will likely amend, but it is unclear whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will bring it to the floor prior to the year's end.

Earlier in the week, the House passed the following bills by voice vote under suspension of the rules:

The House on Dec. 4 passed under suspension of the rules the fiscal 2015 Defense authorization bill, authorizing funds for the Defense Department. The version the House voted on is a combination of H.R. 4435, which the House passed in May, and S. 2410, reported out by the Senate Armed Services Committee in May.

The House passed the following bills last week under suspension of the rules:

H.R. 5739 - No Social Security for Nazis Act

H.R. 5714 - Pest Management Records Modernization Act

H.R. 4569 - Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act of 2014, as amended

H.R. 4200 - SBIC Advisers Relief Act of 2014

H.R. 5471 - To amend the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to specify how clearing requirements apply to certain affiliate transactions, and for other purposes

H.R. 3240 - Regulation D Study Act

H.R. 4329 - Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2014, as amended

H.R. 2790 - Housing Assistance Efficiency Act

H.R. 2366 - World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, as amended

H.R. 3438  - the National Laboratories Mean National Security Act.

H.R. 3410 - the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA).

H.R. 5629 - Strengthening Domestic Nuclear Security Act of 2014.

S. 2673 - the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 to reaffirm and enhance the U.S. strategic partnership with Israel

H. Res. 758 - a resolution strongly condemning Russia’s continuing political, military, and economic aggression against Ukraine, as well as Georgia and Moldova

H. Res 714 - a resolution reaffirming the need for peaceful and collaborative resolution of maritime and jurisdictional disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.


Senate Floor Action

The Senate spent the week on confirmation hearings addressing Obama administration nominees to executive office positions. Senators confirmed controversial ambassadors to the Argentine Republic and to Hungary along partisan lines, as well as a deputy secretary for the Housing and Urban Development, a commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a member and general counsel to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the chief financial officer at the Energy department, and the U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Week Behind - Committee Action

House Committee Action

Armed Services – The committee had two hearings on Dec. 2. The full committee held a hearing titled: National Defense Panel Assessment of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. Witnesses included Eric Edelman and Michèle Flournoy, both panelists on the National Defense Panel and former undersecretaries of defense for policy.

The Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces held a hearing titled The Role of Maritime and Air Power in the Department of Defense’s Third Offset Strategy. The “third offset strategy” is a Defense Innovation Initiative to offset, or neutralize, the advancements of other foes or nations and ensure America’s long-term military competitive advantage. According to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the initiative is “an ambitious departmentwide effort to identify and invest in innovative ways to sustain and advance America’s military dominance for the 21st century.”

Energy and Commerce – Energy and Commerce held two hearings last week. On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing that reviewed the Takata air bag ruptures and recalls. Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) opened the hearing by stating: “...Complexity is not an excuse for incompetence. We need to make sure that companies and regulators can keep pace with innovation. And we need a regulatory agency that breeds confidence and offers solutions, not one that is too often part of the problem.” Members examined the management and response by industry and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman, Takata’s Senior Vice President of Global Quality Assurance Hiroshi Shimizu, as well as representatives from Toyota, BMW, and Honda testified.  

Also on Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “The Future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.” Health Subcommittee Chairman Joseph Pitts (R-PA) noted in his opening statements that CHIP has “historically enjoyed bipartisan Congressional support, and it is widely seen as providing better care than many state Medicaid programs,” and he indicated his support of some form of extension. Witnesses from the Congressional Research Service, the Government Accountability Office, and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission testified regarding the current status of the CHIP program and how the president’s health care law has affected it as subcommittee members prepare for a conversation about the program’s funding next year. Funding for CHIP is set to end after fiscal year 2015.

Homeland Security – The committee held a hearing on December 2 titled: Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified.

 Intelligence – The Committee held two hearings that were closed to the public on Dec. 2 and Dec. 4.

Judiciary – The committee held two meetings this week. The full panel met on Dec. 2 to discuss President Obama’s recent executive order to defer action on several million illegal immigrants for two years. The hearing was called President Obama's Executive Overreach on Immigration. The following witnesses provided testimony: Ronald Rotunda, Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law; Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel American Center for Law and Justice; Thomas H. Dupree Jr., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Marielena Hincapié, National Immigration Law Center.

The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing on Dec. 3 to discuss H.R. 917, the 2013 Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2013, a bill to guarantee media coverage of federal court proceedings. The following witnesses provided testimony: Rep. Steve King (R-IA); Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA); Julie Robinson, judge, U.S. District Court of Kansas; and Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel, National Press Photographers Association.

Natural Resources – On Dec. 4, the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3099, which would provide for the development of a fishery management plan for the Gulf of Mexico red snapper.

Oversight and Government Reform – The committee held a hearing titled: Transforming Federal Spending: Implementing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act on Dec. 3.

Science, Space, and Technology Committee – The Science, Space and Technology Committee held a Dec. 3 hearing: Review of the Results of Two Audits of the National Ecological Observatory Network. The hearing featured testimony from Allison Lerner, inspector general at the National Science Foundation and Anita Bales, director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

Veterans’ Affairs Committee – The Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing Dec. 3, VA’s Caregiver Program: Assessing Current Prospects and Future Possibilities.


Senate Committee Action

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry – On Dec. 3, the committee held a hearing entitled “Farmers and Fresh Water: Voluntary Conservation to Protect our Land and Waters.” The hearing examined different ways farmers and ranchers could help improve water quality in lakes and rivers through voluntary conservation practices. Witnesses included Mayor of Toledo, Ohio Michael Collins, Executive Director of the Office for Sustainability at the University of Arkansas Dr. Marty Matlock, Executive Director of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance Sean McMahon, and Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service at the Agriculture Department Jason Weller.

Armed Services – The committee held a hearing on Dec. 2 to consider the following nominations:

  Mr. Robert M. Scher to be Assistant Secretary of Defense For Strategy, Plans, And Capabilities

 Ms. Elissa Slotkin to be Assistant Secretary of Defense For International Security Affairs

 Mr. David J. Berteau to be Assistant Secretary of Defense For Logistics And Materiel Readiness

 Ms. Alissa M. Starzak to be General Counsel of the Army Department

 Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., USN For Reappointment to the Grade of Admiral, and to be Commander of the United States Pacific Command

Commerce, Science, and Transportation –The Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a Dec. 2 hearing Addressing Domestic Violence in Professional Sports, which featured testimony from an NFL representative. The committee also held a Dec. 3 executive session to consider to consider transportation safety-related nominations.

Environment and Public Works – The full committee held a hearing on the Super Pollutants Act of 2014, with witnesses from the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and Duke University. The bill, S. 2911, would aim to accelerate the reduction in global greenhouse gas reductions. The same day, the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife held a hearing entitled “Innovation and the Utilities of the Future: How Local Water Treatment Facilities are Leading the Way to Better Manage Wastewater and Water Supplies.” According to testimony from the General Manager at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, nationwide water and wastewater infrastructure is in “dire need of repair,” citing that “in 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave drinking water and wastewater systems a D grade,” but noting improvements that are being made to some utilities across the country.  

On Dec. 3, the full committee held a hearing entitled “NRC’s Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations and other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety,” with witnesses from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the California Seismic Safety Commission, the University of California, and the Nuclear Energy Institute.

Finally, the full committee held a business meeting on Dec. 2 to consider nominations to the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as to consider S. 2963, a bill to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels.

Finance –On Dec. 3, the Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure held a hearing on Natural Gas Vehicles: Fueling American Jobs, Enhancing Energy Security, and Achieving Emissions Benefits, with witnesses from the Regional Transit Authority, the UPS, Clean Energy Renewable Fuels, and Daimler Trucks North America. According to a statement from Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), the Finance Committee has multiple opportunities to advance natural gas in vehicles, including reinstating several tax credits that have expired, such as the 50 cent per gasoline-gallon-equivalent credit for selling natural gas as a transportation fuel, and a 30 percent credit for the installation of new natural gas refueling equipment, which also has expired. He noted that both of these credits were included in the EXPIRE Act that passed the Finance Committee with bipartisan support.

Foreign Relations – The Committee held a hearing on Dec. 3 entitled: Evaluating the Impact of the “Umbrella Movement”, a movement in which residents of Hong Kong have been protesting in the streets for electoral reforms that would allow them to choose the candidates for the 2017 elections for Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Mr. Daniel Russel, Assistant Secretary For East Asian And Pacific Affairs at the State Department testified. Other witnesses included: Dr. Sophie Richardson, China Director
at Human Rights Watch, and Dr. Richard C. Bush III Director from the Center For Northeast Asia Policy Studies and a Senior Fellow at The 
Brookings Institution.

In addition, the committee held a hearing on Dec. 2 to consider the nominations of the Honorable Richard Rahul Verma of Maryland, to be the U.S. Ambassador to The Republic Of India, and the Honorable Peter Michael McKinley Of Virginia, to be the U.S. Ambassador to The Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan.

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions  On Dec. 2, the full committee considered the nomination of Lauren McGarity McFerran to to the National Labor Relations Board.

Intelligence – The committee held hearings that were closed to the public on Dec. 1 and Dec. 4.

Judiciary Committee -The Judiciary Committee held a Dec. 4 hearing to examine the S.1721 FANS Act, and specifically sports broadcast blackouts and the antitrust aspects of these blackouts. The committee held a Dec. 2 Executive Business Meeting to consider several federal judicial appointments. On Dec. 3 the committee held an Executive Session meeting to consider several judicial nominations.

Veterans’ Affairs -The Veterans’ Affairs Committee held two hearings last week including a Dec. 4 meeting to examine the recent presidential nomination of Leigh A. Bradley as Department of Veterans Affairs general counsel. The committee also held a Dec. 3 hearing to examine Hepatitis C in veterans.

Week Ahead in Congress

The House is expected to pass a budget bill next week that would fund the government through September 30. The bill will be formally introduced on Monday, with an expected vote on Wednesday – the day before current government funding runs out. The Senate would then vote late Wednesday or Thursday. President Obama has indicated he would veto the legislation if it de-funded programs related to his executive order on immigration, but the package is expected to be largely free of controversial provisions in order to make it past both chambers before the December 11 deadline. 

Bills on the House Floor

The following bills will be considered in the House next week under full rules of debate:

H.R. 5781 - California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. David Valadao (R-CA). The bill would suspend certain environmental reviews and California state water rights in order to provide additional water supplies to the Central Valley in California. The legislation is expected to pass the House, but the White House has issued a veto threat on the bill, saying it would undermine environmental laws.

Later in the week, the House is also scheduled to consider its budget bill, Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations, 2015; as well as legislation related to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

The House will also consider the following bills under suspension of the rules:

 S. 229 – Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Act of 2013 

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, as amended

H.R 5699 – John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act, as amended

H.R 5701 – Western Oregon Indian Tribal Lands Act, as amended

S. 1000 – Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2014

H.R. 5705 – Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act of 2014

H.R. 5185 – EARLY Act Reauthorization of 2014, as amended

H.R. 5764 – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2014

S. 2759 – To release the City of St. Clair, Missouri, from all restrictions, conditions, and limitations on the use, encumbrance, conveyance, and closure of the St. Clair Regional Airport

H.R. 5059 – Clay Hunt SAV Act, as amended

H.R. 5656 – Global Food Security Act of 2014, as amended

H.R. 2901 – Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act, as amended

S. 1683 – Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013

S. 1691 – Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014

The House will also consider 11 post office and other facility naming bills under suspension of the rules:

H.R. 5385 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 55 Grasso Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri, as the “Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson Post Office”

H.R. 5794- To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 16105 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield, Missouri, as the “Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher Post Office”

H.R. 4030 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 18640 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami, Florida, as the “Father Richard Marquess-Barry Post Office Building”

H.R. 5562 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 801 West Ocean Avenue in Lompoc, California, as the “Federal Correctional Officer Scott J. Williams Memorial Post Office Building”

H.R. 5687 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 101 East Market Street in Long Beach, California, as the “Juanita Millender-McDonald Post Office”

H.R. 579 – To designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the “R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse”

H.R. 1378 – To designate the United States courthouse located at 333 West Broadway in San Diego, California, as the “James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse,” as amended

H.R. 4926 – To designate the “James L. Oberstar Memorial Highway” and the “James L. Oberstar National Scenic Byway” in the State of Minnesota, as amended

H.R. 5146 – To designate the United States courthouse located at 700 Grant Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the “Joseph F. Weis Jr. United States Courthouse”

S. 1434 – To designate the Junction City Community-Based Outpatient Clinic located at 715 Southwind Drive, Junction City, Kansas, as the “Lieutenant General Richard J. Seitz Community-Based Outpatient Clinic”

S. 2921 – To designate the community based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs located at 310 Home Boulevard in Galesburg, Illinois, as the “Lane A. Evans VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic”

Bills on the Senate Floor

 The Senate will vote on the fiscal 2015 Defense authorization bill. The Senate is also expected to consider H.R.5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act.

House Committee Action

Armed Services – The Subcommittee on Strategic Forces will hold a hearing Dec. 10 on Russian arms control cheating and the response from the Obama administration with witnesses from the departments of Defense and State.

Energy and Commerce – On Dec. 9, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to discuss fiscal priorities in federal health care spending as it prepares for the 114th Congress. The committee notes that “spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act are key drivers of our nation’s fiscal challenges,” and states that members will examine these challenges and discuss opportunities for savings within the federal health care budget.

On Dec. 10, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to examine the Food and Drug Administration’s role in regulating genetically modified ingredients in our nation’s food supply. Witnesses will include representatives from the FDA as well as outside experts and interested stakeholders. The subcommittee will also discuss H.R. 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. 

On Dec. 11, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing to examine the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. The committee notes that “America’s energy position is much different today than it was in the 1970s when the act was first written in response to the Arab oil embargo. America has emerged as one of the world’s greatest energy superpowers, but the right policies are needed in order for us to take full advantage of our resources.” Witnesses will include representatives from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc., the Brookings Institution, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Foreign Affairs - The Foreign Affairs Committee will hold four hearings on Dec. 10: the full committee will hold a hearing entitled Countering ISIS: Are We Making Progress, in which the State Department's deputy special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL will testify; a joint subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and Middle East and North Africa will consider Afghanistan and Pakistan policies in A Way forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan - Part III; the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Proliferation, and Trade will hold a hearing entitled Russian Arms Control Cheating and the Administration's Responses; and the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats will hold a hearing entitled The United States as an Arctic Nation: Opportunities in the High North. 

Judiciary– The Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will hold a hearing titled: The Impact on Local Communities of the Release of Unaccompanied Alien Minors and the Need for Consultation and Notification.  A witness for this hearing has not been announced. 

Oversight and Government Reform – On Dec. 9, the committee will hold a hearing titled Examining Obamacare Transparency Failures, featuring testimony from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Jonathan Gruber.

On Dec. 10, the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements will hold a hearing examining EPA’s management of the renewable fuel standard program.

The Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the Census also will hold a hearing Dec. 10 on the backlog in the federal employee retirement claims process.

Science, Space, and Technology Committee – The Subcommittee on Space will hold a Dec. 10 hearing titled:  An Update on the Space Launch System and Orion: Monitoring the Development of the Nation’s Deep Space Exploration Capabilities. The Energy Subcommittee will hold a Dec. 11 hearing titled: The Future of Nuclear Energy. A witness list has not been announced for either of these hearings.

Veterans’ Affairs Committee –The committee has four hearing scheduled this week. The Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA)will hold a Dec. 9 hearing titled: Timeless Honor: Reviewing Current Operations of our National Cemeteries. The full committee will hold two hearings on Dec. 11. The first is a hearing entitled Evaluating Federal and Community Efforts to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness and the second is a hearing to approve the Second Annual Activities Report for the 113th Congress. There are no witness lists for any of these hearings.

Senate Committee Action

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry – The full committee will hold a Dec. 10 hearing entitled The Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Effective Enforcement and the Future of Derivatives Regulation, which will examine the commission’s recent activities, what resources it needs to continue to regulate derivatives, and the commission's plans to adhere to its requirements under the Dodd-Frank law. Timothy Massad, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, will testify.

Armed Services – The committee will hold a hearing on Dec. 9 to continue consideration of the following nominations:

·         Mr. Robert M. Scher to be Assistant Secretary of Defense For Strategy, Plans, And Capabilities

·         Ms. Elissa Slotkin to be Assistant Secretary of Defense For International Security Affairs

·         Mr. David J. Berteau to be Assistant Secretary of Defense For Logistics And Materiel Readiness

·         Ms. Alissa M. Starzak to be General Counsel of the Army Department

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – On Dec. 9, the full committee will hold a hearing entitled Inequality, Opportunity, and the Housing Market. Witnesses will include the president of New Jersey Community Capital, a director at the Center for American Progress, the chair of the Conventional Financing and Policy Committee at the National Association of Realtors, and a special project director at the National Fair Housing Alliance.

On Dec. 10, the full committee will hold a hearing entitled Cybersecurity: Enhancing Coordination to Protect the Financial Sector. The panel will hear from the director for the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Compliance Policy at the Treasury Department; a deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at Homeland Security Department; a senior critical infrastructure officer at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency;  a deputy special agent in charge of cyber operations at the U.S. Secret Service; and the assistant director of the cyber division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation – The committee will hold a Dec. 11 hearing titled Commerce Committee Announces Hearing on the Future of Passenger Rail.  

This will be the last hearing chaired by outgoing Senator and Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).

Energy and Natural Resources – On Dec. 10, the full committee will consider the nomination of Colette D. Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Finance – On Dec. 9, the full committee will hold a hearing entitled, Social Security: Is a Key Foundation on Economic Security Working for Women? Witnesses will be Ms. Barbara Perrin, a Social Security beneficiary; Dr. Catherine J. Dodd, a chair at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; Dr. Sita Nataraj Slavov, professor of public policy at George Mason University; and Janet Barr, an actuary testifying on behalf of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Foreign Relations – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold four hearings next week: The Ebola Epidemic: The Keys To Success For The International Response; a closed hearing on Authorization For The Use of Military Force Against ISILISIL's Reign of Terror: Confronting the Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq and Syria; and Authorization For The Use of Military Force Against ISIL.

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions – On Dec. 11, the full committee will hold a joint committee hearing with the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the Oversight of the Implications of the President’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility and Security with testimony from officials at the Labor Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Judiciary Committee -The committee is scheduled to hold five hearings this week starting with a rescheduled hearing on Dec. 9 to address college campus sexual assault. The hearing, Campus Sexual Assault: the Roles and Responsibilities of Law Enforcement will feature testimony from Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); Angela Fleischer, assistant director of student support and intervention for confidential advising, Oregon State University; Kathy Zoner, chief of Cornell University Police; and Peg Langhammer, executive director of Day One in Providence, R.I. The Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights also will hold a hearing titled The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States on Dec. 9. The full committee also will hold a hearing to address President Obama's recent immigration action on Dec. 10. The hearing, Keeping Families Together: The President’s Executive Action On Immigration And The Need To Pass Comprehensive Reform  does not yet have a list of witnesses. The committee also will hold two executive meetings. On Dec. 10 the committee will have an executive nominations hearings to consider pending executive nomination, and on Dec. 11, the committee will have an executive business meeting to consider pending judicial nominations