By Benjamin Goad - 05/05/14 08:11 AM EDT
Congress will tackle the Northwestern University football team’s bid to unionize, marijuana legalization and the simmering dispute over a contentious Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water rule this week.
On Tuesday, Katherine Archuleta, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), will testify before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at a hearing looking at inefficiencies in the federal workforce.
Much of the action will take place on Thursday, when the House Committee on Education and the Workforce will convene a hearing entitled, “Big Labor on College Campuses: Examining the Consequences of Unionizing Student Athletes”
The session responds to the Northwestern Wildcats plan to organize, which received the National Labor Relations Board’s tentative blessing in March.
Witnesses for the hearing had not been announced as of Monday morning.
Also Thursday, The House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs is holding the third in a series of hearings on marijuana. The panel’s probe is focused on the Obama administration’s decision not to intervene with state initiatives to legalize and regulate pot, even though they run contrary to existing federal policy.
No witnesses have been announced.
The EPA’s effort to expand its regulatory authority to smaller bodies of water will come under a GOP microscope Thursday during a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The panel will look at potential impacts of the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States” rule, which has been assailed by many Republicans as a blatant “power grab.”
Across the Capitol, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will convene a session looking at the regulations and the North American energy boom, focusing on “realizing the opportunities and the challenges.”
Witnesses for that hearing have not been announced.
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