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The House and Senate are in session today. There will be a cloture vote in the Senate on H.R. 1105, the omnibus spending bill. The house will meet at 10:30 a..m ET for morning debate and again at noon ET for legislative business.

Noteworthy Senate Hearings

Senate (Select) Intelligence (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of David Kris to be assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's National Security Division. Kris testifies. 106 Dirksen.

Senate Finance (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "The President's FY2010 Health Care Proposals." Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag testifies. 215 Dirksen.

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (10:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on enhancing investor protection and the regulation of securities markets. 538 Dirksen.

Senate Armed Services (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the current and future worldwide threats to the national security of the United States. National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair; and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, testifies. 216 Hart.

Senate Budget (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing on "The President's FY2010 Budget Proposal." Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag testifies. 608 Dirksen.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing on "The Next Generation of National Service." 430 Dirksen.

Senate Judiciary (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of Lanny Breuer to be an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division; Christine Anne Varney to be assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division; and Tony West to be assistant attorney general in the Civil Division of the Justice Department. The nominees testify. 226 Dirksen.

Noteworthy House Committee Hearings

House Energy and Commerce (9:30 a.m.): Energy and Environment Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Future of Coal under Climate Legislation." 2322 Rayburn.

House Appropriations (10 a.m.): Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Treasury Actions Relating to the Financial Crisis." Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and others testify. 2359 Rayburn.

House Appropriations (10 a.m.): Defense Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Marine Corps Ground Equipment." H-140, U.S. Capitol.

House Appropriations (11:30 a.m.): Homeland Security Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Department of Homeland Security Response to Violence on the Border with Mexico." 2358-C Rayburn.

House Veterans' Affairs (2 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the Veterans Affairs Department budget request for FY2010. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and others testify. 334 Cannon.

By washingtonpost.com  |  March 10, 2009; 7:45 AM ET
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Comments

It's great to see that there are so many congressional leaders working to help turn this country around. Foreign policy is something that the country needs to start working on. The Borgen Project (www.borgenproject.org)has some great ideas on how to help those living in poverty. There are 963 million people that go to sleep hungry every night, there are as many obese people as there are hungry people..... doesn't it seem that we aren't distributing the food properly? By helping those in need it will help make America's image better and the country safer.

Posted by: cougar_gal06 | March 10, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping the Lugar-Casey Global Food Security Act gets brought up to Congress soon; it needs to pass! Would help to not only alleviate the suffering and injustice that occurs around the world with much of the world's impoverished, but it would also invest in some long-term agricultural research that is direly needed as we enter the 21st century. Poverty has a huge socieconomic and geopolitical impact; we need to address it immediately!

The Borgen Project (www.borgenproject.org) has some interesting insight into addressing the issues of global poverty, something we can remedy easily and sustainably.

Some interesting figures to ponder:
$30 billion USD: The annual shortfall to end global poverty.
$550 billion USD: The annual US defense budget.

Posted by: concernedcitizen1111 | March 10, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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