House plans hearings on higher education, protection of consumer data

The hearing comes after House Republicans berated Senate Democrats for leaving for a weeklong recess without addressing a student loan rate increase.

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On July 1, need-based student loan rates doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent because lawmakers could agree on a solution to avoid the hike.

The House passed a bill last month that set all student loan rates to the 10-year Treasury note, but Senate Democrats preferred a short-term extension of the 3.4 percent rate paid for by closing some tax breaks.

Also on Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing, titled “Examining How the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Collects and Uses Consumer Data.” Government collection of personal data has become an increasing concern on Capitol Hill after reports were released last month that the government used a national surveillance program to tap domestic phone records.

Details on these and other committee hearings follow:

House Appropriations

- July 9, “Subcommittee Markup - FY 2014 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill”

10 a.m., HT-2 Capitol

- July 10, “Subcommittee Markup - FY 2014 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill”

9:30 a.m., H-140 Capitol

- July 10, “Subcommittee Markup - FY 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill”

11 a.m., H-140 Capitol

House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees

- July 10, “Joint Hearing on DOD and VA Collaboration to Assist Service Members Returning to Civilian Life”

10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Education and Workforce

- July 9, "Keeping College Within Reach: Improving Higher Education through Innovation”

10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

-July 10, “Examining the Labor Department's Proposed Reforms to the FECA Program”

10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn House Office Building

House Energy and Commerce

- July 8, “Making Medicaid Work for the Most Vulnerable”

4 p.m., 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

- July 9, “H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act”

10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn House Office Building

- July 9, “Cyber Espionage and the Theft of U.S. Intellectual Property and Technology”

10:15 a.m., 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

Energy and Power Subcommittee

- July 9, “H.R. 1582, H.R. 1900, and H.R. 83”

9 a.m., 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

- July 11, “Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation”

9 a.m., 2322 Rayburn House Office Building

- July 11, “Improving FCC Process”

10:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

House Financial Services

- July 9, “Examining How the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Collects and Uses Consumer Data”

10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

- July 9, “Examining Constitutional Deficiencies and Legal Uncertainties in the Dodd-Frank Act"

2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

- July 10, “Reducing Barriers to Capital Formation, Part II”

10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

House Foreign Affairs

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

- July 9, “Learning from Iraq: A Final Report from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction”

10 a.m., 2172 House Rayburn Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

July 10, “The Terrorist Threat in North Africa: Before and After Benghazi”

10 a.m., 2172 House Rayburn Office Building

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

-July 11, “The State Department 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report”

11 a.m., 2172 House Rayburn Office Building

House Homeland Security

- July 10, “Assessing Attacks on the Homeland: From Fort Hood to Boston”

9 a.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building

House Natural Resources

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

- July 9, “Mining in America: Powder River Basin Coal Mining the Benefits and Challenges”

2 p.m., 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation

- July 11, “Wildfire and Forest Management”

12 p.m., 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

- July 11, “America’s Helium Supply: Options for Producing more Helium from Federal Lands”

9:30 a.m., 1324 Longworth House Office Building

House Oversight and Government Reform

- July 10, “Unaccountable Government: GAO Reports Show Feds Struggling to Track Money and Performance”

9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

House Small Business

- July 10, “Beyond the Beltway: Successful State Strategies for Small Business Growth

1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn House Office Building

House Transportation and Infrastructure

- July 9, “The Role of Innovative Finance in Intercity Passenger Rail”

10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

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