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Both chambers are in session today. The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1388, the national service legislation. The Senate will hold several hearings regarding the nominations of numerous White House appointees. See below for more details.

The House meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Complete consideration of H.R. 1404, the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act will ensue. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will testify before the House Financial Services Committee at 10 a.m. ET.

Noteworthy Senate Committee Hearings

Senate Judiciary (9:30 a.m.): Meets to markup S.515, the "Patent Reform Act of 2009"; and vote on the nominations of Tony West to be assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Civil Division; Lanny Breuer to be an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Criminal Division, and Christine Anne Varney to be assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. 226 Dirksen.

Senate Foreign Relations (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of Karl Eikenberry to be ambassador to Afghanistan. The nominee testifies. 419 Dirksen.

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (9:30 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 nominations Ashton Carter to be undersecretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics; James Miller, to be deputy undersecretary for policy; and Alexander Vershbow to be assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Defense Department. The nominees testify. 216 Hart.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of Jane Holl Lute to be deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduces the nominee; and Lute testifies. 342 Dirksen.

Senate Environment and Public Works (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of Jonathan Cannon to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Thomas Strickland to be assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks at the Interior Department. The nominees testify. 406 Dirksen.

Senate Budget (10 a.m.): Meets to markup the FY2010 budget resolution. 608 Dirksen.

Senate Finance (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "The Middle Income Tax Relief Question: Extend, Modify, or Expire?" 215 Dirksen.

Senate Foreign Relations (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of Rose Gottemoeller to be assistant secretary for verification and compliance and Philip Gordon to be assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs at the State Department. The nominees testifies. 419 Dirksen.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of John Berry to be director of the Office of Personnel Management. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) introduces the nominee; and Berry testifies. 342 Dirksen .

Noteworthy House Hearings
House Oversight and Government Reform (10 a.m.): National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Troops, Diplomats and Aid: Assessing Strategic Resources for Afghanistan. David Kilcullen, former special advisor for counterinsurgency to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others testify. 2154 Rayburn.

House Energy and Commerce (10 a.m.): Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Oversight of the Digital Television Transition." 2322 Rayburn.

House Appropriations (10 a.m.): Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Drug Enforcement Administration. Acting DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart testifies. The Capitol, room H-309.

House Agriculture (10 a.m.): Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry Subcommittee holds a hearing to review the state of obesity in the United States. 1300 Longworth.

House Administration (10 a.m.): Elections Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The 2008 Election: A look back on what went right and wrong." 1310 Longworth.

House Appropriations (10 a.m.): Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Food Safety Oversight." Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson testifies. 2362-A Rayburn.

House Education and Labor (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "The Economic and Employment Impact of the Arts and Music Industry. 2175 Rayburn.

House Financial Services (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Addressing the Need for Comprehensive Regulatory Reform." Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies. 2128 Rayburn.

By washingtonpost.com  |  March 26, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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