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The day begins with a joint economic hearing at 9:30 a.m. ET. The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Christopher Hill to be Ambassador to Iraq. The House meets at 2 p.m. for legislative business, and a swearing-in ceremony will take place this evening for Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) to replace Rahm Emanuel in the fifth district of Illinois.

Other highlights include the nomination hearing of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius before the Senate Finance Committee, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's testimony before the Troubled Assets Relief Program Congressional Oversight Panel at 10 a.m.

Noteworthy Senate Hearings
Joint Economic (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Too Big to Fail or Too Big to Save? Examining the Systemic Threats of Large Financial Institutions." Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Prize recipient, professor at Columbia University and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; Simon Johnson, professor of entrepreneurship at MIT's Sloan School of Management, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute and former economic counselor at the International Monetary Fund; and Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, testify. 210 Cannon.

Senate Finance (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Reforming America's Health Care Delivery System." 216 Hart.

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation (2 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of Sherburne Abbott to be associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President; Peter Appel to be the administrator of the Transportation Department's Research and Innovative Technology Administration; April Boyd to be assistant secretary for legislative and intergovernmental affairs at the Commerce Department; Dana Gresham to be the assistant secretary of the Transportation Department's Office of Government Affairs; Cameron Kerry to be general counsel at the Commerce Department; Roy Kienitz to be the undersecretary for policy at the Transportation Department; Robert Rikvin to be the general counsel at the Transportation Department; and Joseph Szabo to be administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration. The nominees testify. 253 Russell.

Senate Finance: Meets (10 a.m.) to vote on the nomination of Kathleen Sebelius to be secretary of Health and Human Services. 216 Hart.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2:30 p.m.): Contracting Oversight Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Improving the Ability of Inspectors General to Detect, Prevent, and Prosecute Contracting Fraud." 342 Dirksen.

Senate Foreign Relations (2:30 p.m.): African Affairs Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Strengthening: U.S. Diplomatic Capacity in Africa." 419 Dirksen.

Noteworthy House Hearings
Joint Economic (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Too Big to Fail or Too Big to Save? Examining the Systemic Threats of Large Financial Institutions." Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Prize recipient, professor at Columbia University and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; Simon Johnson, professor of entrepreneurship at MIT's Sloan School of Management, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute and former economic counselor at the International Monetary Fund; and Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, testify. 210 Cannon.

House Judiciary (2 p.m.): Courts and Competition Policy and the Internet Subcommittee holds a hearing on "A New Age for Newspapers: Diversity of Voices, Competition and the Internet." Witnesses TBA. 2141 Rayburn.

House Energy and Commerce (3 p.m.): Energy and Environment Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The American Clean Energy Security Act of 2009, Day 1." Witnesses TBA. 2123 Rayburn.

House (Select) Intelligence (5 p.m.): Closed hearing on "National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)." Acting NRO Director Maj. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski; and NGA Director Adm. Robert Murrett, testify. H-140, U.S. Capitol.

By washingtonpost.com  |  April 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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