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Todd Sheppard

Live Oak Bank

VIEW IT LIVE TODAY: Congress Hearing On Wholesalers’ New Way To Abolish Direct Shipping


The U.S. House Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy will hear testimony beginning at 10 a.m. PDT on the wholesalers’ new method to abolish direct shipping by legislatively prohibiting Commerce Clause challenges.

According to the committee calendar, the hearing is supposed to be webcast by accessing this URL:

NOTE: The video seems to require the use of RealPlayer which has a well-deserved reputation as a source for spam and spyware.

Count on Congress to offer a video stream that fails to work with the two most-used video players on the planet: QuickTime & Windows Media Player.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) formerly served as Vice President, Marketing for RealNetworks which produces RealPlayer.

Hearing Witness List

Hyperlinks under each witness name go to the .pdf of their testimony.

Witness List

Panel I
Hon. Bobby L. Rush
U.S. House of Representatives
1st District, Il
Hon. C. Michael Thompson
U.S. House of Representatives
1st District, CA
Hon. Steven I. Cohen
U.S. House of Representatives
9th District, TN
Hon. George P. Radanovich
U.S. House of Representatives
19th District, CA
Panel II
James C. Ho
Solicitor General of Texas
Office of the Solicitor General
Austin, TX
Nida Samona
Michigan Liquor Control Commission
Lansing, MI
Stephen K. Hindy
Chairman and President
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn, NY
Pamela S. Erickson
Chief Executive Officer
Public Action Management
Scottsdale, AZ
Darren Bush, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX