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The House and Senate are in session today. The House meets at 10 a.m. ET for legislative business before getting to a very full day of committee hearings. The House is due to vote on H.R. 1586, which would prescribe additional taxes on bonuses received from certain TARP recipients.

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R.146, the omnibus lands package. At 2 p.m., the Senate will debate the nomination of Elena Kagan to be solicitor general.

Noteworthy Senate Hearings
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Perspectives from Main Street on Small Business Lending," focusing on increasing access to capital for entrepreneurs." 428-A Russell.

Senate Foreign Relations (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Prospects for Engagement with Russia." 419 Dirksen.

Senate Judiciary (10 a.m.): Meets to markup S.515, the "Patent Reform Act of 2009"; and to vote on the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to be assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. 226 Dirksen.

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (10:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Modernizing Bank Supervision and Regulation." 538 Dirksen.

Noteworthy House Committee Hearings
House Appropriations (9:30 a.m.): Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Council on Environmental Quality. Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley testifies. B-308 Rayburn.

House (Select) Energy Independence and Global Warming (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Constructing a Green Transportation Policy: Transit Modes and Infrastructure." 2203 Rayburn.

House Ways and Means (10 a.m.): Oversight Subcommittee holds a hearing on the "Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP): Oversight of Federal Borrowing and the Use of Federal Monies." TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky; and Acting U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro of the Government Accountability Office, are invited to testify. 1100 Longworth.

House Financial Services (10 a.m.): Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Examining the Making Home Affordable Plan," focusing on the president's plan to help homeowners refinance or modify their mortgages. 2128 Rayburn.

House Appropriations (10 a.m.): Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Judiciary Budget." 2220 Rayburn.

House Financial Services (10 a.m.): Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee holds a hearing on H.R.627, the "Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009"; and H.R.1456, the "Consumer Overdraft Protection Fair Practices Act of 2009." 2128 Rayburn.

House Energy and Commerce (10 a.m.): Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Salmonella Outbreak: The Role of Industry in Protecting the Nation's Food Supply." 2123 Rayburn.

House Judiciary (10 a.m.): Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Lessons Learned From the 2008 Election." 2141 Rayburn.

House Oversight and Government Reform (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Preventing Stimulus Waste and Fraud: Who are the Watchdogs. 2154 Rayburn.

House Judiciary (Noon): Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Treatment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent, European Americans, and Jewish Refugees During World War II." 2237 Rayburn.

By  |  March 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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The 'bonus gate' is fully openned and the ill winds are blowing for all concerned. We need more calmer waters to formulate our future policies. Don't take the ball away from other important issues such as what do we need to do about our healthcare system, our schools, and immediate job creations. Obama is striking when the environment is hot. Don't be diverted by side issues. News organizations should play a responsible part by reporting and not sensationalizing.

Posted by: attl | March 19, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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