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Today at a Glance: Nov. 29, 2012

The House takes up a bill that would abolish a diversity immigration lottery program and direct those visas to highly skilled immigrants.

The Senate will resume consideration of the defense authorization measure.


Convenes at noon for legislative business.

First and last votes expected: 1:30-2 p.m.

Special rule:

H Res 821
— Providing for consideration of
HR 6429
, which would direct more visas to highly skilled immigrants


Convenes at 9:30 a.m.

Roll call votes scheduled

S 3254
— Defense authorization


Senate Judiciary marks up a bill on video rental records and online privacy (
HR 2471
) and votes on nominations. 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere marks up a bill on foreign states that evade U.S. court judgments (
HR 1798
). 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn


Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs closed hearing on the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. 8:30 a.m., SVC-217 Capitol Visitor Center

Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on the impact of Hurricane Sandy. 9:30 a.m., 406 Dirksen

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing on efforts on legislative proposals to boost entrepreneurship. 10 a.m., 428-A Russell

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on reclaiming Indian heritage. 2:15 p.m., 628 Dirksen

House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation hearing on airport passenger security. 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on making use of the spectrum. TBA (hearing will begin 10 minutes after the conclusion of the Democratic Caucus), 2322 Rayburn

House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity joint hearing on the proposed “Basel III” banking rules. 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn

House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management hearing on identity theft and tax fraud. 10 a.m., 2247 Rayburn

House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs hearing on a bill to ban the importation of constrictor snakes (HR 511). 10:30 a.m., 1334 Longworth

House Foreign Affairs hearing on Israel and regional security. 11 a.m., 2172 Rayburn

House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology hearing on changes to coins and eliminating the $1 bill in favor of a $1 coin. 2 p.m., 2220 Rayburn

House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the federal response to autism. 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn

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