AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Thursday, May 16
11 a.m. CARDIN - PEREZ NOMINATION - PRESS CALL — U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will hold a conference call with media to discuss the nomination of fellow Marylander Tom Perez. Joining Senator Cardin will be Maryland business leaders who will discuss their positive experiences working with Perez. Senator Cardin has been critical of the recent Republican pattern of obstructing President Obamas nominations, including Tom Perez. DIAL-IN: 866-952-1907. Passcode: PEREZ.
Contacts: Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524, 202-320-0819
12 p.m. STABENOW - FARM BILL - TELECONFERENCE — Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, will host a press teleconference to discuss the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (the 2013 Farm Bill). The bill was passed on Tuesday by the full Committee with strong bipartisan support (15-5 vote) and has officially been filed on the Senate floor with action expected as early next week (S.954). http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/KDAUB2H4RT8EW6
4:30 p.m. ARMED SERVICES — CLOSED - informal meeting with a delegation from the British House of Commons Defence Committee, led by the Rt Hon James Arbuthnot, Chair, to discuss U.S.-U.K. security relations and other bilateral issues. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/defence-committee/membership/
Location: 232A Russell.
11 a.m. — The Senate will proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Ernest J. Moniz to be Secretary of Energy.
9:15 a.m. HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS — An executive session to consider the nomination of Thomas Perez to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Labor. The Committee will also consider any additional nominations cleared for action. http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=3211c282-5056-a032-5299-94b083a07d69
Location: 430 Dirksen.
Notes: Rescheduled from May 8.
9:30 a.m. ARMED SERVICES — Meets to receive testimony on the law of armed conflict, the use of military force, and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. Witnesses: Panel 1: Robert S. Taylor, Acting General Counsel, Department of Defense; Major General Michael K. Nagata, USA, Deputy Director for Special Operations/Counterterrorism, J-37, Joint Staff; Brigadier General Richard C. Gross, JAGC, USA, Legal Counsel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Panel 2: Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Geoffrey Corn, Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law; Jack Goldsmith, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch; Charles Stimson, Manager, National Security Law Program, Heritage Foundation; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict Michael A. Sheehan. http://www.armed-services.senate.gov/hearings/event.cfm?eventiddff260f50b247719c4fa9f1e3daf7232
Location: 106 Dirksen.
9:30 a.m. JUDICIARY — A continuation of the Executive Business Meeting. http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=cb4f2f78de9c687ab93c5d7b6e460cbc
Location: G-50 Dirksen.
10 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee OPEN and CLOSED hearing on Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Witnesses: Robert S. Mueller, III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation. http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/events.cfm?date=5/16/2013
Location: Open session in Room 192 Dirksen. Closed session at 11:15 in room SVC-217.
10 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA Subcommittee hearing on Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request for various agencies within the Department of Agriculture. Witnesses: Ed Avalos, Under Secretary, Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services; Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary, Food Safety; Dr. Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics. http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/events.cfm?date=5/16/2013
Location: 124 Dirksen.
10 a.m. BUDGET — Hearings to examine effective strategies for government reorganization, focusing on silo busting. Policy Panel 1: Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General, U.S. Government Accountability Office; John P. Holdren, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology. Policy Panel 2: Nicole Poore, Senator, Delaware General Assembly and Chair, Delaware Joint Sunset Committee; Dr. David Rosenbloom, Distinguished Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, The American University.
Location: 608 Dirksen.
10 a.m. COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION — Subcommittee on Science and Space today announced it will hold a hearing on "Partnerships to Advance the Business of Space. Witnesses: Wayne Hale Jr., Director of Human Spaceflight, Special Aerospace Services, NASA Flight Director & Program Manager (ret.); Patti Grace Smith, Aerospace Consultant/Advisor; Patti Grace Smith Consulting, L.L.C.; Captain Michael Lopez-Alegria USN (ret.), President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation; Dr. Steven H. Collicott, Professor, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering, Purdue University. http://www.commerce.senate.gov
Location: 253 Russell.
10 a.m. ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES — Full Committee business meeting on pending legislation ranging from S. 783, a bill to amend the Helium Act to H.R. 316, to reinstate and transfer certain hydroelectric licenses. 30 bills slated so far. http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings-and-business-meetings?IDc8447722-335d-4904-8f84-6077031191b0
Location: 366 Dirksen.
10 a.m. HEALTH EDUCATION LABOR AND PENSIONS — Full Committee Hearing - Hearing on Pending Nominations to the National Labor Relations Board. Witnesses: Mark Gaston Pearce, Chairman, National Labor Relations Board, Buffalo, NY; Richard F. Griffin, Jr., Member, National Labor Relations Board, Washington, DC; Sharon Block, Member, National Labor Relations Board, Washington, DC; Harry I. Johnson III, Member-Designate, National Labor Relations Board, Pacific Palisades, CA; Philip Andrew Miscimarra, Member-Designate, National Labor Relations Board, Hinsdale, IL. http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=344a34ae-5056-a032-5234-c28ca6c6564f
Location: 430 Dirksen.
10:30 a.m. SMALL BUSINESS — Roundtable discussion on the Impact of Mandatory E-Verify on Americas Small Businesses. Participants: John Arensmeyer Founder & CEO, Small Business Majority; David R. Burton, General Counsel, National Small Business Association; Sabrina B. Poole, President & CEO, SERDI LLC; Rick Judson, Owner, Evergreen Development Group; Peter Monaghan, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Data Exchange and Policy Publications, Social Security Administration; Kathy Lotspeich, Deputy Chief, Verification Division, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security; Ryan Kearney, Manager, Labor & Workforce Policy; National Restaurant Association; Frank Fiorille, Senior Director of Risk Management, PAYCHEX, Inc.
Location: 428A Russell.
12 p.m. ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS — Business Meeting to consider the nomination of Gina McCarthy, to be Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Location: 406 Dirksen.
2:30 p.m. INTELLIGENCE — Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters.
Location: 219 Hart.