Wheeler, Perry and host of admin officials due on the Hill

Source: By Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Several hearings this week may focus on the disconnect between the White House’s spending blueprint and statements from top officials and President Trump.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will make his first appearance on Capitol Hill for this latest round of budget hearings.

Wheeler will have to defend the administration’s proposal to slash his agency by nearly a third, particularly tomorrow during a House panel hearing controlled by Democrats.

Last month the president talked about spending for the Great Lakes just weeks after his budget proposed to dramatically reduce cleanup efforts.

“I support the Great Lakes. Always have. They are beautiful,” Trump said during remarks in Michigan.

“They are big, very deep, record deepness, right? And I’m going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,” he said.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry will also return to the Hill tomorrow to appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

He will have to respond to questions about the administration’s repeated efforts to slash technology appropriations, even as he himself has indicated his support of congressional efforts to dramatically increase such spending.

Back on the Hill, as well, will be NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Lawmakers on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee may press him on climate change.

Other hearings will feature witnesses from the National Park Service, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Interior Department bureaus.

Schedule: The House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the National Nuclear Security Administration is Tuesday, April 2, at 9:45 a.m. in 2362-B Rayburn.

Witnesses:

  • Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, administrator of NNSA.
  • Adm. James Caldwell, deputy administrator for NNSA’s Office of Naval Reactors.
  • Charles Verdon, deputy administrator for defense programs at NNSA.
  • Brent Park, deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation at NNSA.

Schedule: The House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the EPA budget is Tuesday, April 2, at 10 a.m. in 2359 Rayburn.

Witness: EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Schedule: The House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on the NASA budget is Tuesday, April 2, at 10 a.m. in 2318 Rayburn.

Witness: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

Schedule: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the DOE budget is Tuesday, April 2, at 10 a.m. in 366 Dirksen.

Witness: Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

Schedule: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is Tuesday, April 2, at 10 a.m. in 406 Dirksen.

Witnesses: TBA.

Schedule: The House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on the National Park Service is Wednesday, April 3, at 9 a.m. in 1324 Longworth.

Witnesses: TBA.

Schedule: The House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on NPS, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey is Wednesday, April 3, at 1 p.m. in 2008 Rayburn.

Witnesses:

  • Dan Smith, NPS deputy director.
  • Margaret Everson, principal deputy director at FWS.
  • Jim Reilly, USGS director.

Schedule: The House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on science, energy and environmental management is Wednesday, April 3, at 1:45 p.m. in 2362-B Rayburn.

Witnesses:

  • Mark Menezes, DOE undersecretary for energy.
  • Paul Dabbar, DOE undersecretary for science.

Schedule: The House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Labor budget is Wednesday, April 3, at 2 p.m. in 2358-C Rayburn.

Witness: Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.

Schedule: The House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Commerce budget is Wednesday, April 3, at 2:15 p.m. in H-309 Capitol.

Witness: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Schedule: The Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the EPA budget is Wednesday, April 3, at 9 a.m. in 124 Dirksen.

Witness: Wheeler.

Schedule: The Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the FEMA budget is Wednesday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m. in 138 Dirksen.

Witness: Acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor.

Schedule: The Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the NNSA budget is Wednesday, April 3, at 2:30 p.m. in 138 Dirksen.

Witnesses: Hagerty, Verdon, Park and Caldwell.

Schedule: The House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Interior bureaus is Thursday, April 4, at 9:30 a.m. in 2008 Rayburn.

Witnesses:

  • Brian Steed, acting director, Bureau of Land Management.
  • Walter Cruickshank, acting director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
  • Scott Angelle, director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Schedule: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on maritime agencies is Thursday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. in 562 Dirksen.

Witnesses:

  • Mark Buzby, administrator, Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration.
  • Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant, Coast Guard.