Examining the National Parks Air Tour Management Program

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 15:30:00 GMT

On Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 10:30 a.m., in room 1334 Longworth House Office Building, the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold an oversight hearing titled “Limiting Access and Damaging Gateway Economies: Examining the National Parks Air Tour Management Program.”

Hearing memo


Panel I
  • Ray Sauvajot, Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Panel II
  • John Wells, Chairman of the Board, Military Veterans Advocacy, Slidell, LA
  • Jake Tomlin, President, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines, Boulder City, NV
  • Mark A. Schlaefli, President, Rushmore Helicopters, Custer, SD
  • Carl Slater, Delegate, Navajo Nation Council, Window Rock, AZ [Minority Witness]
  • House Natural Resources Committee
    Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee 1334 Longworth
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America's Carbon Pollution Future

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 15:00:00 GMT

Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee hearing titled “America’s Future: Leading a New Era of Energy Dominance, Security, and Environmental Stewardship.”

Chair Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)

Hearing memo

  • Edmund O. Schweitzer III, Ph.D., Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Anne Bradbury, CEO, American Exploration & Production Council
  • David Gattie, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Engineering and Senior Fellow, Center for International Trade and Security, University of Georgia
  • Noah Kaufman, Ph.D, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University
  • House Energy and Commerce Committee
    Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee 2123 Rayburn
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Water Resources Development Acts: Status of Past Provisions and Future Needs

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 15:00:00 GMT

This is a hearing of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

  • Michael L. Connor, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, United States Department of the Army
  • Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee 2167 Rayburn
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Immigration and Emergency Management

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 15:00:00 GMT

A Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Management and Technology hearing entitled “Protecting our Preparedness: Assessing the Impact of the Border Crisis on Emergency Management”.

  • Bruce Blakeman, County Executive, Nassau County, New York, Office of the County Executive
  • David Favro, Sheriff, Clinton County, New York, Sheriff’s Office, on behalf of National Sheriff’s Association
  • Andrew Ansbro, President, Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York
  • Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
  • House Homeland Security Committee
    Emergency Management and Technology Subcommittee 310 Cannon
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Border Security: In Defense of Eco-Fascism

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 19:00:00 GMT

A full committee hearing entitled “The U.S. Border Crisis and the American Solution to an International Problem”.

  • Chad Wolf, Executive Director, Chief Strategy Officer, and Chair, America First Policy Institute
  • Gene Hamilton, Vice-President and General Counsel, America First Legal
  • House Foreign Affairs Committee HVC 210 Capitol Visitor Center
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Digging Deeper: Ensuring Safety and Security in the Critical Mineral Supply Chain

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 19:00:00 GMT

On Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy, and Regulatory Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Digging Deeper: Ensuring Safety and Security in the Critical Mineral Supply Chain.”

  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    Economic Growth, Energy Policy, and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee 2154 Rayburn
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CEQ Testimony on Proposed Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate-Related Financial Risk Rule

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 19:00:00 GMT

The Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight and the Subcommittee on Environment will hold a hearing entitled “Missing the Target: CEQ’s Meritless Selection of SBTi,” to examine the Administration’s recently proposed regulation titled “Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate-Related Financial Risk.” The proposed regulation would require that federal contractors disclose their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to a foreign entity and set science-based targets to reduce their GHG emissions. The hearing will examine the selection process of Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), a partnership between CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

This hearing was rescheduled from November 14th.

Hearing charter

  • Andrew Mayock, Chief Sustainability Officer, Council on Environmental Quality

On May 20, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14030 (E.O. 14030), Climate-Related Financial Risk. E.O. 14030 seeks to require major federal suppliers to, “publicly disclose greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related financial risks.” On November 14, 2022, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council (FAR Council) in coordination with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulations to implement E.O. 14030. If implemented, the proposed rule would separate major federal suppliers into several categories: significant contractors and major contractors. The proposed rule loosely defines a significant contractor as a contractor that received between $7.5 million and $50 million in federal funds during the prior fiscal year. A major contractor is defined as a contractor that received more than $50 million in fiscal funds during the prior fiscal year. The rule would require both significant and major contractors to disclose Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, while requiring major contractors to disclose Scope 3 GHG emissions and set science-based reduction targets.

On September 20, 2023, the Committee held a hearing entitled, “A Bar Too High: Concerns with CEQ’s Proposed Regulatory Hurdle for Federal Contracting,” in which stakeholders who would be subject to the rule testified on its impacts. However, this hearing did not have any witness from the Administration and garnered little information on the internal processes leading to the selection of SBTi.

CEQ has agreed to testify about the process used in selecting SBTi as well as the overall goals of the proposed rule. However, to protect the integrity of the rulemaking process, CEQ indicated to the Committee by phone that it will not testify to internal deliberations that are currently ongoing, what the final rule would look like, or actions taken by the FAR Council in relation to this proposed rule.

  • House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
    Environment Subcommittee Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee 2318 Rayburn
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Nomination of Basil Gooden to be Undersecretary of Rural Development, and Reappointment of Summer Mersinger as CFTC Commissioner

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 15:00:00 GMT

Full committee hearing to consider the following nominations.

  • Dr. Basil Ivanhoe Gooden, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development, vice Xochitl Torres Small
  • Summer K. Mersinger, of South Dakota, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring April 13, 2028 (Reappointment)
  • Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee 328A Dirksen
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Opportunities and Challenges Associated with Advanced Nuclear Reactor Commercialization

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 15:00:00 GMT

The purpose of this hearing is to examine opportunities and challenges associated with advanced nuclear reactor commercialization.

  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 366 Dirksen
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The Role of Federal Research in Establishing a Robust U.S. Supply Chain of Critical Minerals and Materials

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 15:00:00 GMT

Full committee hearing.

  • Ryan Peay, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Resource Sustainability, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dr. Jef Caers, Professor of Earth & Planetary Science and Director of Stanford Mineral-X, Stanford University
  • Drew Horn, Chief Executive Officer, GreenMet
  • Dr. Dustin Mulvaney, Professor of Environmental Studies, San Jose State University
  • Thomas E. Baroody, President & Chief Executive Officer, K-Technologies, Inc.
  • House Science, Space, and Technology Committee 2318 Rayburn
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