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The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.896, a bill that would prevent mortgage forclosures and increase credit access. Votes are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The Senate will then consider the nomination of Thomas L. Strickland to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife.

The House meets at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business, and will take up consideration of H.R. 627, the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009

Secretaries Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates testify today before the Senate Appropriations Committee. The captain of the Maersk Alabama, Capt. Richard Phillips, held hostage by Somali pirates will also be on Capitol Hill testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. See details below:

Noteworthy Senate Hearings
Joint Economic (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the economic outlook. Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisors testify. 210 Cannon.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of Ivan Fong, to be general counsel at the Homeland Security Department; and Timothy Manning, to be deputy administrator for national preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The nominees testify. 342 Dirksen.

Senate Appropriations (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on proposed budget estimates for FY2009 for the War Supplemental. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, testify. 106 Dirksen.

Senate Finance (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of William Corr to be deputy secretary of the Health and Human Services Department; and Alan Krueger, to be assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department. The nominees testify. 215 Dirksen

Senate Judiciary (2 p.m.): Immigration, Border Security and Refugees Subcommittee holds a hearing titled, "Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How." 226 Dirksen.

Senate Foreign Relations (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing on "Confronting Piracy off the Coast of Somalia." Capt. Richard Phillips, master of the MV Maersk Alabama, Maersk Line, Limited (held hostage by Somali pirates last month); John Clancey, chairman of Maersk, Inc., Charlotte, N.C.; and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Stephen Mull, testify. 419 Dirksen.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources (2:30 p.m.): Meets to vote on the nominations of Kristina Johnson, to be the undersecretary of energy at the Energy Department; Steven Elliot Koonin, to be the undersecretary for science at the Energy Department; Ines Triay, to be an assistant secretary for environmental management at the Energy Department; Hilary Chandler Tompkins, to be solicitor of the Interior Department; and Scott Blake Harris to be the general counsel of the Energy Department; and to "walk-through" legislation on Siting of Interstate Electric Transmission Facilities. 364 Dirksen.


Noteworthy House Hearings

Joint Economic (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the economic outlook. Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisors testify. 210 Cannon.


House Energy and Commerce
(10 a.m.): Health Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Swine Flu Outbreak and the U.S. Federal Response." Anne Schuchat, interim deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Science and Public Health Program; Joshua Sharfstein, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Craig Vanderwagen, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Health and Human Services Department, testify. 2123 Rayburn.

House Foreign Affairs (1 p.m.): International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Subcommittee holds a hearing on "International Efforts to Combat Maritime Piracy." Stephen Mull, senior adviser to the undersecretary for political affairs at the State Department; and Rear Adm. William Baumgartner, judge advocate general and chief counsel for the U.S. Coast Guard, testify. 2172 Rayburn.

By washingtonpost.com  |  April 30, 2009; 6:34 AM ET
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