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Key Immigration Hearings—Week of February 29

Key Immigration Hearings—Week of February 29

There are several important immigration-related hearings on Capitol Hill during the week of February 22 that FAIR wants to make you aware of. Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. EST The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security is holding a budget hearing for U.S.

Customs and Border Protection. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske is the sole witness testifying at the hearing. Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

EST The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security is holding a hearing entitled, Transparency, Trust, and Verification: Measuring Effectiveness and Situational Awareness Along the Border. Three administration officials are testifying at the hearing: Ronald Vitiello, Acting Chief, U.S. Border Patrol; Randolph (Tex) Alles, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Air and Marine Operations, U.S.

Customs and Border Protection; and Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office. Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

EST The House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Executive Overreach is holding its first hearing entitled, The Original Understanding of Congress Role and How Far We ve Drifted from It. Four witnesses are testifying at the hearing: Matthew Spalding, Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs at Hillsdale College; James Capretta, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center; Joseph Postell, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado Colorado Springs; and Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law, American University, Washington College of Law. Wednesday, March 2 at 10 a.m.

EST The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing entitled, The Distortion of EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas: Time to End the Abuse.

Stay tuned here for more information.

USDA commits $30 million to rural Montana internet service …

USDA commits $30 million to rural Montana internet service …

BILLINGS, Mont. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has committed $30 million to improving high-speed internet service in rural Montana. The loan to Triangle Telephone Cooperative was announced Monday.

It is about 40 percent of a four-state telecommunications loan package to improve broadband service in rural areas. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says residents of areas without high-speed internet access are cut off from business opportunities and health care advantages that most people take for granted. Havre-based Triangle is a 16-county central Montana cooperative stretching from the Canadian border to Wyoming.

The loan will be used to lay internet fiber in regions around Gilford, Hingham, Kremlin, Loma, Rudyard and Winifred, where people currently rely on copper wire for internet. Comments You share in the NBC Montana.com community, so please keep your comments smart and civil. Don’t attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent.

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