Hearing schedule picks up after 'snowmaggedon'


Tuesday, Feb. 23

--Senate Commerce's Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommittee will examine ways to improve energy efficiency through technology innovation at 10 a.m. in Russell 253. Witnesses include Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse.

--The full Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity to look into the "next steps to protect our critical infrastructure" at 2:30 p.m. in Russell 253.

--Senate Judiciary Committee will take a look at foreign laws that could be having a chilling effect on journalists' First Amendment rights. Kurt Wimmer, who represents digital media and TV companies for Covington and Burling will testify, as well as Bruce Brown, who specializes in libel, copyright and newsgathering law for Baker Hostetler in Washington. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in Dirksen 226.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

--Senate Commerce's Science and Space Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the challenges and opportunities presented by NASA's 2011 fiscal budget proposal. President Obama's federal budget made significant cuts to NASA programs, particularly the manned space flight program known as "Constellation." The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Russell 253.

--House Commerce's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection and Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet will hold a joint hearing on the collection and use of location information for commercial purposes. The hearing will examine the proliferation of advertising models and wireless devices that track and rely on consumers GPS information. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in Rayburn 2322.

--The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy and Census will hold a hearing called "The 2010 Census Communications Contract: The Media Plan in Hard to Count Areas" at 2 p.m. in 2154 Rayburn.

Thursday, Feb. 25

--Comcast and NBC Universal will face more questions about their proposed $30 billion merger when the House Judiciary Committee examines competition in the media and entertainment distribution market at 10 a.m. in Rayburn 2141.

--The House Science and Technology Committee will also examine NASA's 2011 budget  at 10 a.m. in Rayburn 2318.