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The Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, while also working on an agreement for amendments to a U.N. treaty that would establish global standards for the treatment of people with disabilities.

The House Rules Committee considers rules for floor debate on a bill to direct visas to foreign graduates of American universities with doctorate or master’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. The panel is expected to recommend a closed rule that bars amendments.

The House is holding its organizational conference in the afternoon.


Convenes at noon for legislative business.

No votes expected.

Under suspension of the rules:

HR 6604 — Federal office building naming in honor of former Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., D-Mass.

HR 6374
— Department of Veterans Affairs facility naming

HR 5788
HR 5738
HR 3892
HR 2338
HR 3912
HR 5954
— Post office namings


Convenes at 10 a.m.

Roll Call votes possible.

S 3254
— Defense authorization

Treaty Doc 112-7 — U.N. disability treaty


House Rules considers rules for a bill (
HR 6429
) that would direct more visas to highly skilled immigrants. 3 p.m., H-313 Capitol


House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on health care waste, fraud and abuse. 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn

Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection hearing on U.S. global food security efforts. 10 a.m., 419 Dirksen

House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics hearing on solar and space physics research and applications for space weather prediction. 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn

House Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on Amtrak’s structural reorganization. 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn

House Veterans’ Affairs hearing on spending accountability regarding Veterans Affairs conferences. 10:15 a.m., 334 Cannon

House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet hearing on music licensing legislation in the 112th Congress. 11:30 a.m., 2141 Rayburn

Senate Foreign Relations confirmation hearing on ambassador nominations for Kenya and Lithuania. 2 p.m., 419 Dirksen

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