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On the Agenda: June 9-13

Rachel Nusbaum,
Media Strategist,
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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June 9, 2014

Whether you spent your weekend watching the Tony Awards, the Belmont Stakes, or the NBA finals, the important thing to keep in mind is that even though the weekend is over there is still plenty of excitement to be had in the days ahead.

Yes, the Heat and the Spurs will be facing off again on Tuesday, but we’ve got bigger things in mind. From DHS oversight to Sentencing Reform, there’s a lot happening in Washington this week. Here’s a quick look at what’s on the calendar:

Monday, June 9th

Juvenile Justice
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a field hearing titled “The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act: Preserving Potential, Protecting Communities.”

Tuesday, June 10th

Sentencing Reform
Senior Legislative Counsel Jesselyn McCurdy will testify before the U. S. Sentencing Commission on retroactive application of the recent amendment to the Drug Quality Table in the Sentencing Guidelines. The Amendment, which was agreed to by the Commission earlier in May, revises the guidelines applicable to drug trafficking offenses by lowering the base offense levels in the Drug Quantity Table.

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities of the EEOC [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission]: Examining the Concerns of Stakeholders.”

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing titled “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States.”

Wednesday, June 11th

The House Homeland Security Committee is expected to markup the Customs and Border Protection Authorization.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Department of Homeland Security.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing to examine higher education for American Indian students.

First Amendment
The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled “Media Ownership in the 21st Century.”

FBI Oversight
The House Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The House Appropriations Committee will mark up draft legislation for FY 2015 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security.

Thursday, June 12th

Reproductive Rights
The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association will be hosting a hill briefing in honor of the anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut. ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Brigitte Amiri will speak at the briefing on the legal issues surrounding Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby.

Happening This Week

The ACLU, CAMBIO, and Southern Border Communities Coalition will host a Border Advocacy Week.

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