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The House is not in session. The Senate will continue consideration of H.R.1, the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Senate is also full of committee hearings. Among the most noteworthy are two regarding Obama Cabinet nominations: a vote on Rep. Hilda Solis to lead the Labor department and a confirmation hearing for Leon Panetta to head the CIA. Details are below.

Key Senate Committee Hearings

Agriculture -- On "Examination of Federal Food Safety Oversight in the Wake of Peanut Products Recall," 10 a.m. Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Stephen Sundlof is among those to testify.

Banking -- on "Pulling Back the Troubled Asset Relief Program: Oversight of the Financial Rescue Program," 10 a.m. Special inspector general for TARP Neil Barofsky and chairman of the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP Elizabeth Warren are among those to testify.

Foreign Relations -- On the state of Iran's nuclear and political activities, 4:30 p.m. Leaders from the National Intelligence Council testify.

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions -- Markup to vote on the nomination of Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) for Labor secretary, 2 p.m.

Senate (Select) Intelligence -- On the nomination of Leon Panetta to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 2:30 p.m.

--Sarah Lovenheim

By Washington Post editors  |  February 4, 2009; 9:37 PM ET
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Just a note that the stem cell bill was introduced by Diana DeGette. See below:

H.R.873 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research.
Sponsor: Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] (introduced 2/4/2009)

Posted by: lukes_jm | February 5, 2009 3:47 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 | February 5, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

It would be wise to get all the appointees into office and to work. Mr. Panetta has the right ideas that should have been done a long time ago. The more we drag our feet and not get qualified people appointed the deeper in trouble this country gets into. Also both Democrats and Republicans should forget the special interests and perks in the Recovery package that The President needs to get our Country and Citizens jobs instead of losing jobs, homes etc. This is not the time to be playing games. Remember all the Citizens that put you in office are the people you should be helping not just special I want attitudes.

Posted by: conour-62hughesnet | February 5, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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