Today on the Hill
The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET and will will resume consideration of H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. A vote on the passage H.R. 1256 is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
The House meets at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business, including the continued wrangling over H.R. 2346, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009.
Noteworthy Senate Hearings
Senate Judiciary (3 p.m.): Crime and Drugs Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Exploring the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009." Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.); Pat Nolan, vice president of the Prison Fellowship; William Bratton, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department; Charles Ogletree, professor at Harvard Law School; Brian Walsh, senior legal research fellow at the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, will testify. 226 Dirksen.
Senate Armed Services (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nominations of Gordon Heddell to be inspector general of the Defense Department; Michael Gilmore to be director of operational test and evaluation at the Defense Department; Zachary Lemnios to be director of defense research and engineering; Dennis McCarthy to be assistant secretary for reserve affairs; Jamie Morin to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial management and comptroller; and Daniel Ginsberg to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs. The nominees will testify. 106 Dirksen.
Senate Appropriations (9:30 a.m.): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed budget estimates for FY2010 for the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD). HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will testify. 138 Dirksen.
Senate Appropriations (2 p.m.): Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on the proposed budget estimates for FY2010 for the Veterans Affairs Department (VA). VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will testify. 124 Dirksen.
Noteworthy House Hearings
House Natural Resources (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on H.R.2314, the "Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009." Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii); Micah Kane, chairman of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, Kapolei, Hawaii; Haunani Apoliona, chairwoman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Honolulu; Gail Heriot, commissioner of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Michael Yaki, commissioner of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; and Christopher Bartolomucci, partner at Hogan & Hartson, Washington, D.C., will testify. 1324 Longworth.
House Oversight and Government Reform (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on "Bank of America and Merrill Lynch: How Did a Private Deal Turn into a Federal Bailout?" Kenneth Lewis, CEO and president of the Bank of America Corporation, has been invited to testify. 2154 Rayburn.
House Judiciary (2 p.m.): Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee holds a markup of H.R.1843, the "John Hope Franklin Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot Claims Accountability Act of 2009," to provide a mechanism for a determination on the merits of the claims brought by survivors and descendants of the victims of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Race Riot of 1921 but who were denied that determination. 2141 Rayburn.
House Homeland Security (10 a.m.): Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism hearing on "The FY2010 Budget for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Coast Guard." Assistant ICE Secretary John Morton; Acting CBP Commissioner Jayson Ahern; and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, will testify. 311 Cannon.
House Energy and Commerce (10 a.m.): Health Subcommittee holds a hearing on "Emerging Health Care Issues: Follow-on Biologic Drug Competition." Pamela Jones Harbour, commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, will testify. 2123 Rayburn.
House Armed Services (9 a.m.): Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee holds a markup of H.R.2647, the "National Defense Authorization Act for FY2010." 2118 Rayburn.
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