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Today at a Glance: Dec. 20, 2012

The House is expected to adopt the conference report on the annual defense authorization. It considers two measures on the fiscal cliff, one on replacing the sequester and one on extending tax rates.

The Senate will resume consideration of the emergency supplemental appropriations bill that would help communities hit by Superstorm Sandy. The late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday.


Convenes at noon for legislative business.

First votes expected: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Last votes expected: early evening.

Conference report rule:

HR 4310
— Defense policy bill conference report

Subject to a closed rule:

HR 6684
— Replacement of sequester

H J Res 66
— Extension of tax cuts

Under suspension of the rules:

HR 1509
— Medicare identity theft

HR 3197
HR 6443
— VA medical center namings

S 925
— Mountain naming

HR 6587
HR 3869
HR 3378
HR 4389
HR 6260
HR 6379
— Post office namings


Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing on the attack in Benghazi, Libya. 1 p.m., 2172 Rayburn

Intelligence will hold a closed meeting to discuss an investigative report on U.S. national security issues posed by Chinese telecommunications companies. 9 a.m., HVC-304 Capitol Visitor Center

Intelligence will hold a closed hearing on ongoing intelligence activities. 9:30 a.m., HVC-304 Capitol Visitor Center


Convenes at 11 a.m.

Roll Call votes are possible.

HR 1 — Superstorm Sandy aid


Judiciary will mark up a bill (S 1560) on prescription medication distribution for nursing home residents as well as vote on pending nominations. Time TBA, 226 Dirksen

Finance votes on the nominations of Ronald Buch and Albert F. Lauber to be judges of the United States Tax Court. Time and place TBA

Veterans’ Affairs votes on the nominations of Keith Kelly to be assistant secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training and William S. Greenberg to be a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Time and place TBA


Foreign Relations will hold a hearing on the attack in Benghazi, Libya. 9 a.m., 216 Hart

Finance will hold a confirmation hearing on Treasury and Health and Human Services nominations. 10 a.m, 215 Dirksen

Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development will hold a hearing on recovering from Superstorm Sandy. 11 a.m., 538 Dirksen

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