The Week Ahead (Oct. 5-9)

October 2, 2009
12:45 PM
v     On Thursday, Oct. 8, the full committee will consider the nominations of Marcia K. McNutt, to be Director of the United States Geological Survey, and Arun Majumdar, to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Department of Energy.  (Dirksen 366 at 10:00 a.m.)
v     On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests will receive testimony on the following bills: S. 522, to resolve the claims of the Bering Straits Native Corporation and the State of Alaska to land adjacent to Salmon Lake in the State of Alaska and to provide for the conveyance to the Bering Straits Native Corporation of certain other public land; S. 865 and H.R. 1442, to provide for the sale of the Federal Government's reversionary interest in approximately 60 acres of land in Salt Lake City, Utah; S. 881, to provide for the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; S. 940, to convey to the Nevada System of Higher Education certain Federal land located in Clark and Nye counties, Nevada; S. 1272, to provide for the designation of the Devil's Staircase Wilderness Area in the State of Oregon, to designate segments of Wasson and Franklin Creeks in the State of Oregon as wild or recreation rivers; and S. 1689, to designate certain land as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System and the National Landscape Conservation System in the State of New Mexico.   Witnesses include Mike Pool, deputy director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Jay Jensen, deputy under secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Agriculture;  Oscar Vásquez Butler, vice-chair, Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners, Las Cruces, New Mexico; Jerry G. Schickedanz, chairman, People for Preserving Our Western Heritage, Las Cruces, New Mexico; Byron Mallott, Sealaska Corporation, Juneau, Alaska; Bob Claus, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Juneau, Alaska.   (Dirksen 366 at 2:30 p.m.)
Bonus …
This week, Chairman Bingaman was pleased to see Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar sign the Record of Decision for the Navajo-Gallup Project which will help secure accessible drinking water supplies for the Navajo people.   Great progress has been made in Congress this year, starting with the passage of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 that authorized the project.   And, just this week, $3 million was included in the Conference Report budget for FY 2010 for the Navajo-Gallup Project which will ensure quality water supply to thousands of New Mexicans that currently are without water. 
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