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The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET to resume consideration of amendments to H.R.1, the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Votes are expected throughout the day. The House meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. They will, in part, resume consideration of H.R. 1106, the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009.

Noteworthy Senate Committee Hearings

Senate Energy and Natural Resources (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on future directions of energy research and development. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and others testify. 216 Hart.

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on regulatory modernization focusing on insurance giant AIG's downfall, the effectiveness of government intervention, and the implications of this case for the future of our regulatory system. 538 Dirksen.

Senate Foreign Relations (10:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "U.S. Strategy Regarding Iran." Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Carter, counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and others testify. 419 Dirksen.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2:30 p.m.): Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Lessons Learned: How the New Administration Can Achieve an Accurate and Cost-Effective 2010 Census." 342 Dirksen.

Noteworthy House Committee Hearings

House Appropriations (10 a.m.): Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Science Education." Bill Nye "The Science Guy" and others testify. 2359 Rayburn.

House Budget (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Treasury Department FY2010 Budget." Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies. 210 Cannon.

House Foreign Affairs (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "The Role for Congress and the President in War: The Recommendations of the National War Powers." Former Secretary of State James Baker and others testify. 2172 Rayburn.

House Oversight and Government Reform (10 a.m.): Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Status of 2010 Census Operations." 2154 Rayburn.

House Transportation and Infrastructure (11 a.m.): Meets to markup H.R.915, the "FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009"; the "Water Quality Investment Act of 2009." 2167 Rayburn.

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The biggest problem in the US is congress! Without term limits we create a ruling class of connected good'ole boys. Also cut that $175k starting salery by at least half, eliminate all the free perks and return the congress to the people. It amazes me that we the people have allowed this to go on way too long.

Posted by: tmccbo | March 5, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Congress should focus on foreign aid reform during the Foreign Relations Committee meeting. By doing this it would help us do our part in pursuing the Millennium Goals. It would also help boost the world's economy and lower our war spending. The Borgen Project ( has some great ideas that would help make these struggling countries more productive in the agricultural field and would provide them with better sanitation and water.

Posted by: cougar_gal06 | March 5, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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