Thursday, May 17, 2012

Congressional hearings this week

Click on links to view hearing or read testimony.

5/17 – 10:30am, 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee hearing on "Stemming the Tide: The U.S. Response to Tsunami Generated Marine Debris." Witnesses: Mr. David M. Kennedy, Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas, Director of Response Policy, United States Coast Guard. 

5/15 – 1:00pm, 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building. House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights on “Chen Guangcheng: His Case, Cause, Family, and Those Who are Helping Him.” Witnesses: Pastor Bob Fu, Founder and President, ChinaAid Association; Mr. Wei Jingsheng, Founder and Chairman, Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition; Ms. Reggie Littlejohn, Founder and President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers; Ms. Chai Ling, Founder, All Girls Allowed, Ms. Mei Shunping,Victim of forced abortion.
5/16 – 2:00pm, 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building. House Foreign Affair Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia hearing on “Assessing U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities and Needs Amidst Economic Challenges in South Asia.Witnesses: The Honorable Robert O. Blake, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Administrator for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development; Mr. Daniel Feldman, Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Department of State; Alexander Thier, Ph.D., Assistant to the Administrator and Director, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, U.S. Agency for International Development. 

5/16 – 2:00pm, 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. House Financial Services Committee and International Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee hearing on "Increasing Market Access for U.S. Financial Firms in China: Update on Progress of the Strategic & Economic Dialogue." Witnesses: The Honorable Lael Brainard, Under Secretary, International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Mr. Rob Nichols, President and Chief Executive Officer, Financial Services Forum; Mr. David Strongin, Managing Director, International Policy, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association; The Honorable Clay Lowery, Vice President, Rock Creek Global Advisors. 

5/17 – 2:00pm, 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade hearing on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Challenges and Potential.” Witnesses: Philip I. Levy, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, Ms. Linda Menghetti, Vice President, Emergency Committee for American Trade; Ms. Celeste Drake, Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO; The Honorable Susan C. Schwab, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland (Former United States Trade Representative).

5/17 – 10:00am, 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. House Foreign Affairs Full Committee hearing on “Iran Sanctions: Strategy, Implementation, and Enforcement.” Witnesses The Honorable Mark D. Wallace; President and Chief Executive Officer, United Against Nuclear Iran, (Former United States Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform); Mr. Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Ray Takeyh, Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations.

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