The 2014 Winter Olympics concluded last night in Sochi, Russia in spectacular, if not somewhat bizarre fashion, with the infamous giant bear mascot shedding a tear during the closing ceremony before the torch was passed to PyeongChang, South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Giant mascots may be allowed to cry at the Olympics, but there's no crying in Washington. Actually there is, but that's beside the point.
The point is Congress is back, and our legislative team is ready to continue tackling 2014 with a vengeance!
Here's just some of what we have on tap this week:
Tuesday, February 25th
The American Jewish Committee will host a conference, 50 Years On: A Defining Moment for Voting Rights. Senior Legislative Counsel Deborah Vagins will participate on a panel, "What Hath Shelby Wrought."
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will hold a hearing titled "Reassessing Solitary Confinement II: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences." The ACLU will submit written testimony for the hearing.
Wednesday, February 26th
The Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel will hold a hearing on sexual assault in the military.
Department of Homeland Security
The House Homeland Security Committee will host a hearing on Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson's vision for future priorities and challenges at the Department of Homeland Security.
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled "Enforcing the President's Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws."
Thursday, February 27th
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on U.S. Cyber Command's 2015 Defense Authorization Request. Gen. Keith Alexander will testify in his capacity as Commander of U.S. Cyber Command.
IRS Rulemaking on Non-Profit Political Speech
Legislative Counsel/Policy Advisor Gabe Rottman will testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs.