Hearings currently scheduled for this week are as follows, though the schedule remains uncertain while we await news of a potential government shutdown. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees have confirmed that the October 1 hearings will take place regardless of what occurs tonight.

  • On October 1, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider S. 812 and H.R. 1613, the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement.
  • The same day, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Inspector General investigation of former agency policy advisor John Beale.
  • On October 2, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing to examine the North American Energy Infrastructure Act discussion draft, introduced by full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Gene Green (D-TX). The bill would consolidate the cross-boundary permitting process for pipelines and transmission lines.
  • The same day, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements will hold a hearing to examine the wind production tax credit.
  • On October 3, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee will hold a hearing on advanced biofuels and rural economies.
  • The same day, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will consider the nominations of Dr. Jo Emily Handelsman to serve as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. Robert Simon to serve as Associate Director for Environment and Energy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • The same day, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation will consider public lands bills including a draft bill to implement salvage timber sales as part of the Interior Department’s rehabilitation activities.