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Today on the Hill

Updated, 8 a.m.

The House convenes at 10:30 a.m. and takes up legislative business at noon. The House is expected to consider S. 181, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The House will also begin general debate on the economic stimulus package (H.R. 1).

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and is expected to consider H.R. 2, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization. The Senate also will swear in Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Key Senate Hearings

The Senate Appropriations and Finance Committees meet to mark up their respective portions of the stimulus package at 10:30 a.m.

Armed Services -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates
testifies on challenges the Department of Defense faces in the months ahead, 9:30 a.m.

Banking -- On flaws found in the case concerning Madoff Investment Securities. Officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation are among those who testify, 10 a.m.

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions -- "Access to Prevention and Public Health for High Risk Populations," 9 a.m.

Judiciary -- "Health IT: Protecting American's Privacy in the Digital Age," 9:30 a.m.

Notable House Hearings

Armed Services -- On setting priorities for the Department of Defense. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is among those to testify, 1:30 p.m.

Budget -- On the state of the economy and upcoming budget challenges. Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf is among those to testify, 10 a.m.

--Sarah Lovenheim

By Washington Post editors  |  January 27, 2009; 6:15 AM ET
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Re: "The House is expected to consider S. 181, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act."

The fight for women's pay equity has rendered advocates blind to reason, as has happened in Canada.

In the Hamilton Spectator's “Library caught in pay equity bind” is this unintentionally astonishing statement:

“With 90 per cent of its positions female-dominated, pay equity is a big issue at the library.”

In other words, the importance of pay equity for women increases as an employer's job equity for men decreases.

This same blindness produced the sex-bias class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart.

Author, Male Matters Blog

Posted by: jabbog48152 | January 27, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

hello Washington Post? Wasn't today's hearing on the DC Voting Rights legislation a "notable House hearing"????

Posted by: gregokauf1 | January 27, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see that Obama is trying to taking some steps to fix our domestic and internation problems. I hope that Congress with help shape a stimulus package that will actually benefit Americans in the long run and not just tie us over for a week or so. The war on terror will shift to the countries that are actually harboring terrorist instead of staying in a country that is now self-sufficient. Americans will get adequate health care and education, while we try to help change the image of our country for the rest of the world. One way of doing this is to help eliminate global poverty, domestic and foreign. The Borgen Project ( has some interesting facts about global poverty and how reducing it will help our society. It would cost $19 billion to eliminate global poverty, which is extremely small compared ot the $522 billion the U.S. government spent on our defense budget last year. By eliminating global poverty we are setting ourselves up to have stronger allies or new ones, we open up the doors to new resources and help make our society safer to live in.

Posted by: cougar_gal06 | January 27, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | January 27, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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