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Associated Press Daybook-Wednesday-Congress-Senate for Wednesday, Nov. 06.

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 9:30 AM Senate Aging Committee hearing on scams – Hearing on ‘Veteran Scams: Protecting Those Who Protected Us’, with testimony from Vet2Vet volunteer Benjamin Wells; vet LaVerne Foreman. who was scammed by a fake charity; District Attorney for the Fourth Circuit Court of Mississippi W. Dewayne Richardson; and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Communications, Governance, and Strategy Group Acting Inspector in Charge Carroll Harris

Location: Rm 562, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://aging.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate Aging Committee, 1 202 224 5364

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 9:30 AM Senate Veterans Affairs Committee nominations hearing – Nominations hearing considers Scott Laurer and Grant Jaquith to be U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Judges

Location: Rm 418, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://veterans.senate.gov/, https://twitter.com/VAChair

Contacts: Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, 1 202 224 9126

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 9:30 AM Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Business Meeting – Business Meeting, with agenda including legislation including ‘S. 2162, Securing America’s Borders Act of 2019’, ‘S. 1363, Al in Government Act of 2019’, ‘S. 2618, Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2019’, ‘S. 2560, Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2019’, ‘S. 2353, Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances Act of 2019’, ‘S. 2513, Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials in Response to Terrorism Act of 2019’, ‘S. 565, Billion Dollar Boondoggle Act of 2019’, ‘H.R. 1589, CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2019’, ‘H.R. 495, FIRST State and Local Law Enforcement Act’, ‘H.R. 135, Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2019’, and 11 U.S. Postal Service facility naming bills, plus the nominations of Joshua Deahl to be a District of Columbia Court of Appeals Associate Judge, Deborah Israel and Andrea Hertzfeld to be Superior Court of the District of Columbia Associate Judges, and Robert Dixon to be U.S. Marshal for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Location: Rm 342, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://hsgac.senate.gov/, https://twitter.com/SenRonJohnson

Contacts: Senate Committee on Homeland Security, 1 202 224 2627

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 10:00 AM Senate Environment and Public Works Committee legislative hearing – Legislative hearing on ‘S. 2662, the Growing American Innovation Now (GAIN) Act’, with testimony from Bracewell partner Jeff Holmstead; Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Sean Alteri; and Natural Resources Defense Council Clean Air Director and Senior Attorney John Walke

Location: Rm 406, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://epw.senate.gov/public/

Contacts: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, 1 202 224 8832

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 10:00 AM Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee legislative hearing – Energy Subcommittee legislative hearing on ‘S. 876 – Energy Jobs for our Heroes Act of 2019’, ‘S. 1890 – Renew America’s Schools Act’, ‘S. 2425 – CHP Support Act of 2019’, ‘S. 2508 – Promoting American Energy Jobs Act of 2019’, ‘S. 2556 – Protecting Resources On The Electric grid with Cybersecurity Technology Act of 2019’, ‘S. 2657 – Advanced Geothermal Innovation Leadership Act’, ‘S. 2660 – Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2019’, ‘S. 2668 – Solar Energy Research and Development Act of 2019’, ‘S. 2688 – Technology Transition Act’, ‘S. 2702 – Integrated Energy Systems Act of 2019’, and ‘S. 2714 – ARPA-E Reauthorization Act’, with testimony from Assistant Secretary of Energy Daniel Simmons

Location: Rm 366, Dirksen Senate Office Bldg, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://energy.senate.gov/public/

Contacts: Senate Energy Committee, 1 202 224 4971

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 10:00 AM Helsinki Commission briefing on Russian mercenaries – Helsinki Commission briefing on ‘Putin’s Shadow Warriors: Mercenaries, Security Contracting, and the Way Ahead’, with experts University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies’ Dr Deborah Avant, former Department of Defense senior analyst for Russian military capabilities Dara Massicot, and former DoD Director of Armed Contingency Contractor Policies and Programs Col. (Ret.) Christopher Mayer – ‘shining a spotlight on the Kremlin’s destabilizing use of mercenaries around the world’, clarifying the difference between Moscow’s approach and that of the U.S. and its allies, and reviewing efforts underway internationally to develop and promote norms that would govern the use of private security and military companies

Location: Rm 2359, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, USA

Weblinks: http://www.csce.gov, https://twitter.com/HelsinkiComm

Contacts: Stacy Hope, Helsinki Commission, Stacy.Hope@mail.house.gov, 1 202 225 1901

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 10:00 AM Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on USA FREEDOM Act reauthorization – Hearing on ‘Reauthorizing the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015’, with testimony from Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security Brad Wiegmann; FBI Deputy Assistant Director Michael Orlando; National Security Agency’s Susan Morgan; Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Chairman and Member Adam Klein; George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School National Security Institute founder and Executive Director Jamil Jaffer; and Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law Liberty and National Security Program Director Elizabeth Goitein

Location: Rm 226, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://judiciary.senate.gov/, https://twitter.com/senjudiciary

Contacts: Senate Judiciary Committee press, 1 202 224 7703

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 10:00 AM Senate holds votes on judicial nominees – Senate convenes and proceeds to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Lee Philip Rudofsky to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, with agenda including vote on a motion to invoke cloture on the nomination plus votes the nomination of Danielle Hunsaker to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit and on motions to invoke cloture on the nominations of William Nardini to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit and Jennifer Wilson to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Location: U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://www.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate, 1 202 224 3121

Two votes at 12 Noon (Nardini, Wilson) and two votes at 4:00pm (Hunsaker, Rudofsky)

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 11:30 AM Senate Dems call for passage of ‘FUTURE Act’ – Democratic Sens. Chris Van Hollen, Ben Cardin and Doug Jones hold a press conference to call for a vote on the ‘FUTURE Act’, bipartisan legislation to renew now-expired funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority-serving institutions

Location: S-115, United States Capitol, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://www.vanhollen.senate.gov, https://twitter.com/ChrisVanHollen

Contacts: Francesca Amodeo, Office of Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Francesca_Amodeo@VanHollen.Senate.Gov, 1 202 897 5876

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 2:00 PM Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley pen-and-pad briefing with health, trade, and tax reporters

Location: S-125, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://finance.senate.gov

Contacts: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, Grassley_Press@grassley.senate.gov

News media covering issues within the jurisdiction of the Senate Finance Committee are welcome to attend. The use of video cameras will not be permitted. Still photography will be allowed. Participating members of the media are asked to keep questions limited to topics within the Senate Finance Committee’s jurisdiction. Unrelated inquiries can be directed to Grassley’s press office. Please note that press credentials will be checked at the door, and due to space considerations, access will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Details can be found below

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 2:30 PM Senate Indian Affairs Committee Business Meeting, oversight hearing on the 477 Program – Business Meeting, to consider ‘HR. 317, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2019’ * Immediately followed by oversight hearing on ‘Examining the 477 Program: Reducing Red Tape While Promoting Employment and Training Opportunities in Indian Country’, with testimony from Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Indian Services Acting Deputy Director Spike Bighorn; Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.; Bristol Bay Native Association President and CEO Ralph Andersen; and P.L. 102-477 Workgroup Co-Chair Margaret Zientek

Location: Rm 628, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://indian.senate.gov, https://twitter.com/IndianCommittee

Contacts: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs , 1 202 224 2251

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 2:30 PM Markup hearing on ‘S. 2765, The Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act’

Location: Rm 608, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://budget.senate.gov/, https://twitter.com/SenateBudget

Contacts: Senate Budget Committee, 1 202 224 0642

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Wednesday, Nov. 06 4:30 PM Dem Sen. Sherrod Brown hosts screening of ‘American Factory’ – Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown hosts screening of the documentary ‘American Factory’ – which explores the opening of a Fuyao plant in Moraine, OH, and the workers’ efforts to unionize – followed by a panel discussion on ‘the importance of unions for the empowerment of workers’ with documentary co-directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Location: CVC 200, The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, First St NE, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://brown.senate.gov, https://twitter.com/SenSherrodBrown

Contacts: Rachael Hartford, Sen. Sherrod Brown press, Rachael_Hartford@brown.senate.gov, 1 202 224 3978; Matt Keyes, Office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, Matthew_Keyes@brown.senate.gov, 1 202 224 3978;

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Thursday, Nov. 07 9:30 AM Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Farm Bill implementation – Hearing on ‘Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill: Rural Development and Energy Programs’, with testimony from USDA Rural Business Service Administrator Bette Brand; USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Bruce Lammers; USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe; North East Mississippi Electric Power Association General Manager and CEO Keith Hayward; Glenora Feed Yard and Sievers Family Farms AgriReNew Manager Brian Sievers; Grace Health CEO Michael Stanley; and MSU Extension Director Dr Jeff Dwyer

Location: Rm 328A, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://agriculture.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, 1 202 224 2035

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Thursday, Nov. 07 10:00 AM Senate Administration Committee hearing on Library of Congress modernization – Hearing on ‘Library of Congress Modernization Oversight’, with testimony from Register of Copyrights and U.S. Copyright Office Director Karyn Temple; Library of Congress CIO Bernard Barton Jr.; and Librarian of Congress Dr Carla Hayden

Location: Rm 301, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://rules.senate.gov

Contacts: Committee on Rules & Administration , 1 202 224 6352

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Thursday, Nov. 07 10:00 AM Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing – Hearing on ‘Issues and Legislation Related to Energy Development on Federal Land’ and on ‘S. 2418, to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to modify a definition and the disposition and authorized uses of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues under that Act and to exempt State and county payments under that Act from sequestration, to provide for the distribution of certain outer Continental Shelf revenues to the State of Alaska, and for other purposes’ and ‘S. 2666, to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes’, with testimony from Department of the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue Director Gregory Gould; North Slope Borough, AK, Mayor Harry Brower; Congressional Research Service Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section Specialist in Natural Resources Policy Laura Comay; Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority Board Chairman Chip Kline Jr.; and Office of the Wyoming Governor Chief Energy Advisor Randall Luthi

Location: Rm 366, Dirksen Senate Office Bldg, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://energy.senate.gov/public/

Contacts: Senate Energy Committee, 1 202 224 4971

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Thursday, Nov. 07 10:00 AM Senate Banking Committee hearing on affordable housing – Hearing on ‘Examining Bipartisan Bills to Promote Affordable Housing Access and Safety’, with testimony from Columbia Housing interim Executive Director Ivory Mathews; Skyline Champion Corporation President and CEO Mark Yost (on behalf of Manufactured Housing Institute); and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Vice President for Housing Policy Peggy Bailey

Location: Rm 538, Dirksen Senate Office Bldg, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://banking.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, 1 202 224 7391

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Thursday, Nov. 07 10:00 AM Senate Judiciary Committee Executive Business Meeting – Executive Business Meeting, with agenda including nominations of Halil Suleyman Ozerden to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit; Steven Menashi to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck to be U.S. Circuit Judges for the Eleventh Circuit; Silvia Carreno-Coll to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico; John Gallagher to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Sherri Lydon to be U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina

Location: Rm 226, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://judiciary.senate.gov/, https://twitter.com/senjudiciary

Contacts: Senate Judiciary Committee press, 1 202 224 7703

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Thursday, Nov. 07 11:00 AM Senate Foreign Relations Committee closed briefing on Afghanistan – Closed briefing on ‘Afghanistan: Discussion on the Way Ahead’, given by U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad

Location: SVC-217, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://foreign.senate.gov/

Contacts: Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 1 202 224 4651

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Thursday, Nov. 07 12:30 PM Dem Sen. Bob Menendez unveils report on State Department role in administration decision to terminate TPS designations – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez unveils new report being published by the Committee Democratic staff, titled ‘Playing Politics with Humanitarian Protections’ and representing the culmination of an investigation by the staff – commissioned by Sen. Menendez – into the State Department’s role in the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status designations for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. Report features dozens of pages of internal communications, including letters, memos, and embassy cables. Event also features a panel of TPS recipient Juana Villanueva, Penn Biden Center Senior Fellow Juan Gonzalez, Center for American Progress Vice President for Immigration Policy Tom Jawetz, National TPS Alliance Coordinator Jose Palma, and DHS Watch, A Project of America’s Voice Director Ur Jaddou

Location: U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

Weblinks: http://foreign.senate.gov/

Contacts: Juan Pachon, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Juan_Pachon@foreign.senate.gov

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