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The House and Senate are in session today. The House meets at 10:30 a.m. ET for legislative business. Eight bills under suspension are scheduled for consideration. The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.1388, a bill to reauthorize and reform the national service laws, post cloture.

In today's committee hearings, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will testify before a House committee in regard to the government's intervention into AIG at 10 a.m.

Noteworthy Senate Committee Hearings

Senate Foreign Relations (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Alleviating Global Hunger: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Leadership. 419 Dirksen.

Senate Judiciary (10 a.m.): Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Abusive Credit Card Practices and Bankruptcy." 226 Dirksen.

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

Senate Energy and Natural Resources (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of Thomas Strickland to be assistant secretary for fish and wildlife at the Interior Department. The nominee testifies. 366 Dirksen.

Senate Foreign Relations (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of Richard Verma to be an assistant secretary for legislative affairs; Melanne Verveer to be ambassador at large for Women's Global Issues; and Esther Brimmer to be assistant secretary of international organization affairs at the State Department. The nominees testify. 419 Dirksen.

Noteworthy House Committee Hearings

House Energy and Commerce (10 a.m.): Health Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Making Health Care Work for American Families: Improving Access to Care." 2322 Rayburn.

House Energy and Commerce (10 a.m.): Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Consumer Credit and Debt: The Role of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Protecting the Public." FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz testify. 2123 Rayburn.

House Financial Services (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Government's Intervention at American International Group (AIG)." Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke; and New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley, testify. 2128 Rayburn.

House Veterans Affairs (2 p.m.): Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Nexus between Engaged in Combat with the Enemy and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) in an Era of Changing Warfare Tactics." 334 Cannon.

House Judiciary (2 p.m.): Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee holds a hearing on H.R.1478. the "Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act of 2009," to allow members of the Armed Forces to sue the United States for damages for certain injuries caused by improper medical care. 2141 Rayburn.

House Ways and Means (2 p.m.): Trade Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Trade Aspects of Climate Change Legislation. 1100 Longworth.

House Rules (2:30 p.m.): Meets to formulate a rule on H.R.1404, the "Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act"; and a resolution for consideration of the Senate Amendments to H.R.146 the "Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009." H-313, U.S. Capitol.

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"Senate Foreign Relations (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Alleviating Global Hunger: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Leadership. 419 Dirksen."

This is great! Global hunger affects 963 million people every day. There are 980 million that live on less than $1 per day, that is the equivalent of 1 McDonalds hamburger or a small french fry. In 2000, 191 countries gathered and decided on 8 goals that would help to better the World. These are known as the Millennium Development Goals and I would like to see our political leaders start to take action and actually care about these goals. The U.S. ranks the lowest on the contributor list for foreign aid, but the highest for military spending. The Borgen Project ( has some great ideas for helping bring these countries out of poverty and to give them the tools and resources needed to become more agricultural. Here is an interesting statistic regarding the amount of aid given per America.

Listen to the Money Talk
$73 - Amount per American the
U.S. spends on aid.

$1,763 - Amount per American
the U.S. spends on defense.

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