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The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. A cloture vote is expected on 1256 following debate.

The House meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. H.R. 2346, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009, and H.R. 2410, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011, will receive votes today.

Noteworthy Senate Hearings
Senate Rules and Administration (2:30 p.m.): Holds a hearing followed by a vote the nomination of John Sullivan to be a member of the Federal Election Commission. The nominee will testify. 301 Russell.

Senate Judiciary (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "The Continued Importance of the Violence Against Women Act." Catherine Pierce, acting director of the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women; actress and advocate Gabrielle Union; Karen Tronsgard-Scott, director of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Montpelier, Vt.; and Ann Burke, president and founder of the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund, Saunderstown, R.I., will testify. 226 Dirksen.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2:30 p.m.): Contracting Oversight Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Allegations of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Security Contracts at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul." Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Logistics Management William Moser; Kathleen Watson, director of the Defense Security Service; and Sam Brinkley, vice president of Wackenhut Services, Inc., will testify. 342 Dirksen.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of Tara O'Toole to be undersecretary for science and technology at the Homeland Security Department, and Jeffrey Zients to be deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. The nominees will testify. 342 Dirksen 342 Dirksen.

Senate Environment and Public Works (10 a.m.): Meets to vote on the nominations of Peter Silva to be assistant administrator for water at the Environmental Protection Agency, Stephen Owens to be assistant administrator for prevention, pesticides, and toxic substances at the Environmental Protection Agency; and Victor Mendez to be administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. 406 Dirksen.

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation (2:30 p.m.): Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Aviation Safety: FAA's (Federal Aviation Administration) Role in the Oversight of Air Carriers." FAA Administration Randolph Babbitt; Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin Scovel III; Mark Rosenker, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board; and John O'Brien, member of the The Flight Safety Foundation Board will testify. 253 Russell.

Senate Foreign Relations (9:45 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of Kurt Campbell to be assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs. The nominee will testify. 419 Dirksen.

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (2:30 p.m.): Meets to vote on the nominations of Mercedes Marquez to be assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development for community planning and development and Herbert Allison Jr. to be assistant secretary of the Treasury for financial stability. It will be followed by a hearing on "The State of the Domestic Automobile Industry: Impact of Federal Assistance." Ron Bloom, senior advisory on the auto industry at the Treasury Department and Edward Montgomery, White House director of recovery for auto communities and workers will testify. 538 Dirksen.

Noteworthy House Hearings

House Oversight and Government Reform (10 a.m.): National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee. Hearing on the interim findings of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Rayburn 2154.

House Veterans' Affairs (10 a.m.): Meets to markup H.R.1016, the "Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009"; H.R.1211, the "Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act"; H.R.952, the "COMBAT PTSD Act"; H.R.1037, the "Pilot College Work Study Programs for Veterans Act of 2009"; H.R.1098, the "Veterans' Worker Retraining Act of 2009"; H.R.1172, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include on the Internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs a list of organizations that provide scholarships to veterans and their survivors; H.R.1821, the "Equity for Injured Veterans Act of 2009"; and H.R.2180, to amend title 38, United States Code, to waive housing loan fees for certain veterans with service-connected disabilities called to active service. 334 Cannon.

House Homeland Security (2 p.m.): Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The FY2010 Budget for the National Protection and Programs Directorate and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)." Deputy Homeland Security Undersecretary Philip Reitinger, for the National Protection and Programs Directorate; and acting TSA Administrator Gale Rossides will testify. 311 Cannon.

House Foreign Affairs (1 p.m.): Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Foreign Policy Implications of U.S. Efforts to Address the International Financial Crisis: Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) and the G-20 Plan." Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development; Kevin Kearns, president of the United States Business and Industry Council; Roger Robinson Jr., president and CEO of the Conflict Securities Advisory Group, and former senior director of international economic affairs at the National Security Council; Damon Silvers, associate general counsel for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, and deputy chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel; and Terry Miller, director of the Heritage Foundation's Center for International Trade and Economics and former ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, will testify. 2172 Rayburn.

House Judiciary (10 a.m.): Meets to markup a bill to prohibit recognition and enforcement of foreign defamation judgments; and articles of impeachment against U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent. 2141 Rayburn .

House Small Business (1 p.m.): Holds a hearing on "Laying the Groundwork for Economic Recovery: Expanding Small Business Access to Capital," focusing on the role of the Small Business Administration's financing programs. Witnesses TBA. 2360 Rayburn.

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