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The House and Senate are in session today. The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of S.386, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act. The House meets at 10 a.m. for a handful of suspended votes.

The Special Inspector General of TARP testifies before the Joint Economic committee at 9:30. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton testifies in the House again before the Appropriations committee and Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.


Noteworthy Senate Hearings

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (9 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Follow the Money: State and Local Oversight of Stimulus Funding." 342 Dirksen.

Joint Economic (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Following the Money: A Quarterly Report by the Special Inspector General on the TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program)." TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky testifies. 210 Cannon.

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of Ronald Sims to be deputy secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department; Peter Kovar to be assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the Housing and Urban Development Department; and David Cohen to be assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the Treasury Department. The nominees testify. 538 Dirksen.

Senate Foreign Relations (10:15 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Soldiers' Stories From The Afghan War." 419 Dirksen.

Senate Environment and Public Works (10:30 a.m.): Meets to vote on the nomination of Regina McCarthy, to be assistant administration of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air and Radiation. 406 Dirksen.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources (2 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of Kristina Johnson to be undersecretary of the Energy Department; Steven Koonin to be undersecretary for science at the Energy Department; Ines Triay to be assistant secretary for environmental management at the Energy Department; Hilary Tompkins to be solicitor of the Interior Department; and Scott Harris to be general counsel of the Energy Department. The nominees testify. 366 Dirksen.

Senate Indian Affairs (2:15 p.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of Yvette Roubideaux to be director of Health and Human Services' Indian Health Service. The nominee testifies. 628 Dirksen.


Noteworthy House Committee Hearings

House Appropriations (9 a.m.): State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee holds a hearing on the FY2009 Supplemental Appropriations Request. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies. 2359 Rayburn.

Joint Economic (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Following the Money: A Quarterly Report by the Special Inspector General on the TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program)." TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky testifies. 210 Cannon .

House Ways and Means (10 a.m.): Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee holds a hearing on the implementation and impact of the unemployment insurance provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. B-308 Rayburn.

House Foreign Affairs (10 a.m.): Africa and Global Health Subcommittee holds a hearing on "U.S. Assistance to Africa: A Call for Foreign Aid Reform." 2172 Rayburn.


House Oversight and Government Reform
(10 a.m.): Domestic Policy Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The H-2B Guestworker Program and Improving the Department of Labor's Enforcement of the Rights of Guestworkers." 2154 Rayburn.

House Veterans' Affairs (10 a.m.): Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee holds a hearing on H.R.952, the "Compensation Owed for Mental Health Based on Activities in Theater Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (COMBAT PTSD) Act," to clarify the meaning of "combat with the enemy" for purposes of service-connection of disabilities. 334 Cannon.

House Oversight and Government Reform (10 a.m.): National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee holds a hearing on "National Security Implications of U.S. Policy Towards Cuba." 2247 Rayburn.

House Financial Services (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on H.R.1728, the "Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2009." 2128 Rayburn.

House Armed Services (1 p.m.): Holds a hearing on "Effective Counterinsurgency: The Future of the U.S.-Pakistan Military Partnership." 2118 Rayburn.


House Appropriations
(2:30 p.m.): Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric Holder testifies. 2359 Rayburn.

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