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Today at a Glance: Feb. 12, 2013

The Senate resumes consideration of a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act for five years. At 11 a.m., senators begin voting on five amendments. The chamber then votes on final passage of the bill. After that vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for caucus lunches.

The House considers several measures under suspension of the rules: bills on hydropower improvements and hydroelectric licenses and projects, as well as a measure on grants to help veterans with military emergency medical training become EMTs.

The House and Senate hold a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.


Convenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business.

No votes expected.

Under suspension of the rules:

HR 267
— Hydropower improvements

HR 316
— Hydroelectric licenses and projects

HR 235
— Grants for veterans with emergency medical training to become EMTs


Energy and Commerce meets to discuss and adopt the committee’s oversight plan for the 113th Congress. 4 p.m., 2123 Rayburn


Convenes at 10 a.m.

Roll call votes expected.

S 47
— Violence Against Women Act reauthorization


Armed Services votes on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense. 2:30 p.m., G-50 Dirksen


Armed Services holds a hearing on the effects of sequestration and/or a full-year continuing resolution on the Department of Defense. Deputy Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Comptroller Robert F. Hale testify. 9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen

Energy and Natural Resources meets to organize and adopt committee rules for the 113th Congress. 9:45 a.m., 366 Dirksen

Energy and Natural Resources holds a hearing on issues surrounding natural gas, including environmental implications, exports and effects on the economy. 10 a.m., 366 Dirksen

Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights holds a hearing on proposals to reduce gun violence. 10 a.m., 216 Hart

Budget holds a hearing on the budget and economic outlook prepared by the Congressional Budget Office. CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf testifies. 10:30 a.m., 608 Dirksen

Intelligence holds a closed hearing on pending intelligence matters. 2:30 p.m., 219 Hart

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