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The House and Senate are in session today. The House meets at 10 a.m. ET for legislative business to consider, among other things, Senate amendments to H.R. 146, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, and H.R. 1404, the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act.

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1388, the national service legislation. Roll call votes on the legislation are expected, as well as a vote on the confirmation of the nomination of David S. Kris, to be an assistant attorney general.

Noteworthy Senate Committee Hearings
Senate Foreign Relations (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of Christopher Hill to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq. The nominee testifies. 419 Dirksen.

Senate Finance (2:30 p.m.): Health Care Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Role of Long-Term Care in Health Reform," focusing on coverage. 215 Dirksen.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources (2 p.m.): Energy Subcommittee holds a hearing on draft legislation to improve energy market transparency and regulation. 366 Dirksen.

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation (9:45 a.m.): Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization - NextGen And The Benefits of Modernization." 253 Russell.

Senate Environment and Public Works (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "The Need for Transportation Investment." Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.); and Northglenn (Colo.) Mayor Kathleen Novak, president of the National League of Cities, testify. 406 Dirksen.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the "Southern Border Violence: Homeland Security Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Responsibilities." Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg; and Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, testify. 342 Dirksen.

Senate Judiciary (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)." FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies. 216 Hart.

Noteworthy House Hearings
House Financial Services (2:15 p.m.): Meets to markup H.R.1664, to amend the executive compensation provisions of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to prohibit unreasonable and excessive compensation and compensation not based on performance standards; and H.Res.251, directing the secretary of the Treasury to transmit to the House of Representatives all information in his possession relating to specific communications with American International Group, Inc. (AIG). 2128 Rayburn.

House Armed Services (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Effective Counterinsurgency: How the Use and Misuse of Reconstruction Funding Affects the War Effort in Iraq and Afghanistan." 2118 Rayburn.

House Appropriations (2 p.m.): Homeland Security Subcommittee holds a joint hearing with the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on "Protecting our Nation's Leaders: Challenges of 2008 Presidential Campaign and the 56th Presidential Inauguration." Mark Sullivan, director of the U.S. Secret Service; and Phillip Morse, chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, testify. 2359 Rayburn.

House Appropriations (10 a.m.): Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Raising Wages and Living Standards for families and Workers." Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate and professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University testifies. 2359 Rayburn.

House Energy and Commerce (9:30 a.m.): Energy and Environment Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Adaptation Policies in Climate Legislation." Tom Karl, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center testifies. 2123 Rayburn.

House Science and Technology (10 a.m.): Meets to markup H.R.1580, the "Electronic Waste Research and Development Act"; and H.R.1145, the "National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009." 2318 Rayburn.

House Veterans Affairs (10 a.m.): Meets to markup H.R.1171, to reauthorize the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program for FY2010 through FY2014; H.R.1377, to expand veteran eligibility for reimbursement by the Veterans Affairs Secretary for emergency treatment furnished in a non-Department facility; and H.R.1513, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2009, the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans. 334 Cannon.

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