by John Brandt | FOX NEWS . com February 09, 2011
House lawmakers hold a host of hearings on hot button issues on the Hill Wednesday.
A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discusses the “Protect Life Act,” a bill to prohibit federal funds in the nation’s health care law from going toward abortions. Pro-choice House members plan to strike back at the measure at a 10:30 a.m. ET news conference, saying that the act would severely limit a woman’s reproductive freedom.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee at 9:30 a.m. ET about her agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. A Supreme Court decision from 2007 gave the agency the authority to set greenhouse gas limits. House Republicans have introduced a bill prohibiting such oversight.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke discusses the state of the U.S. economy with the House Budget Committee at a 10:00 a.m. ET hearing.
United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk speaks with the House Ways and Means Committee about the administration’s trade policy agenda. The Obama administration plans to push for less restrictive trade with Russia, and is pushing Congress to pass pending free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama.
Congressional Republicans hold a 12:30 p.m. ET press conference to discuss the “Public Employee Pension Transparency Act.” Sponsors say the legislation will prohibit federal bailouts of public employee pension programs.
The House Homeland Security Committee asks Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center about the nation’s ability to prevent a future terrorist attack at a 10:00 a.m. ET hearing.
Washington is known for power lunches, and the White House will host a particularly strong one Wednesday afternoon. The president meets behind closed doors with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other members of the Republican leadership in the private dining room.
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