Today on the Hill
The House and Senate are in session today. The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. ET to resume consideration of S.Con.Res. 13, the concurrent resolution on the budget. The House begins morning business at 10 a.m. and will consider H.R. 1664, the executive compensation legislation, and H.Con.Res. 85 on the 2010 budget. Votes are scheduled for 8 p.m.
General David Petraeus will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Noteworthy Senate Hearings
Senate Armed Services (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy; and Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command, testify. 106 Dirksen.
Senate Appropriations (10 a.m.): State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee holds a hearing on examine assistance for civilian casualties of war. 138 Dirksen.
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of Karen Mills to be administrator of the Small Business Administration. The nominee testifies. 428-A Russell.
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (2 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of Joe Leonard Jr., to be an assistant secretary for civil rights; Kathleen Merrigan to be deputy secretary; James Miller to be undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services; and Dallas Tonsager to be undersecretary for rural development at the Agriculture Department. The nominees testify. 216 Hart.
Senate Environment and Public Works (2:15 p.m.): Meets to vote on the nomination of Thomas Strickland to be assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks at the Interior Department. The Capitol, location TBA.
Senate Judiciary (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of David Hamilton to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; and Ronald Weich to be assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Office of Legislative Affairs. The nominees testify. 226 Dirksen
Senate Foreign Relations (3 p.m.): Holds a hearing on "Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan." Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg testifies. 419 Dirksen.
Noteworthy House Hearings
House Appropriations (9:30 a.m.): Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Wildfire Suppression." B-308 Rayburn.
House Administration (10 a.m.): Elections Subcommittee holds a hearing on "2008 Audit Review and Agency Spending by the Election Assistance Commission." 1310 Longworth.
House Appropriations (10 a.m.): Homeland Security Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Cargo and Container Security: Keeping a Lid on Threats." 2359 Rayburn.
House Financial Services (11 a.m.): Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee holds a markup of H.R.627, the "Credit Card Holders' Bill of Rights." 2128 Rayburn.
House Administration (1 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the "Smithsonian Asbestos Issue," focusing on allegations pointing to the presence of asbestos in museum walls and insufficient precautions to ensure the safety of museum visitors and workers. Representatives from the Smithsonian testify. 1310 Longworth.
House Appropriations (2 p.m.): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Future of High Speed Rail, Intercity Passenger Rail, and Amtrak." 2358-A Rayburn.
House Rules (3 p.m.): Meets to formulate a rule on H.Con.Res.85, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for FY2010 and including the appropriate budgetary levels for FY2009 and FY2011 through FY2014 (Second Rule). The Capitol, room H-313.
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