This Thursday, Pope Francis is making an appearance on Capitol Hill – the first papal address to a joint session of Congress. While the speculation of late has been about the pontiff’s planned remarks focusing on climate control, his stance on immigration reform – should he raise it – would be the topic with the most impact on the entrepreneurial economy.
While most eyes will be on Pope Francis, there are some other activities to note for the week ahead. On Tuesday (Sept. 22), the Kauffman Foundation kicks off a series of congressional briefings to preview aspects of its upcoming New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda. Held in partnership with the Senate Competitiveness Caucus, the first briefing is entitled Economic Competitiveness and the Essential Role of Entrepreneurs. The lunch briefing begins at 12 pm in Dirksen 562. RSVP to reserve a space at the briefing.
Elsewhere in committee hearings, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will explore the state of today’s media marketplace, existing rules that limit ownership of broadcast and newspaper outlets, and barriers to entry for businesses owned by women and minorities.
On the Senate side, the Judiciary Committee takes a look at consolidation in the health insurance industry (always a concern for entrepreneurs) and agency regulatory guidance at the federal level.
Broadcast Ownership in the 21st Century
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
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Friday, Sept. 25
Examining Consolidation in the Health Insurance Industry and its Impact on Consumers
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
226 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Tuesday, Sept. 22
Examining the Use of Agency Regulatory Guidance
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management
342 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Wednesday, Sept. 23
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