Today at a Glance: April 9, 2013

Posted April 8, 2013 at 7:48pm

The Senate moves to executive session at 11:30 a.m. to consider the nomination of Patty Shwartz of New Jersey to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; it will hold a vote on the nomination at noon. The chamber recesses from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for caucus lunches. Pending in the Senate is a motion to proceed to a bill that would require a background check for every gun sale.

The House considers three measures under suspension of the rules, including one on hydropower development and one on the acquisition and protection of battlefields.


Convenes at 10 a.m.

Roll call votes expected.


Armed Services holds a hearing on U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Forces Korea in review of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization request. 9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen

Finance holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 10 a.m., 215 Dirksen

Energy and Natural Resources holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Ernest J. Moniz to be secretary of Energy. 10 a.m., 366 Dirksen

Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism holds a hearing on campaign finance law enforcement. 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen

Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet holds a hearing on the state of rural communications. 10:30 a.m., 253 Russell

Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities holds a hearing on emerging counterterrorism threats in review of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization request. 2:15 p.m., 222 Russell

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Sylvia M. Burwell to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. 2:30 p.m., 342 Dirksen

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


Convenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business.

Votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Under suspension of the rules:

HR 254
— Hydropower development

HR 291
— Black Hills Cemetery Act

HR 1033
— Acquisition and protection of battlefields


Rules meets to consider rules for floor debate on hydropower development (
HR 678
). 5 p.m., H-313 Capitol


Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training holds a field hearing on the role of higher education in job growth. 9 a.m., 173 Administration Building, Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich.

Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations holds a hearing on human rights in China. 2 p.m., 2171 Rayburn

Oversight and Government Reform holds a hearing on a Government Accountability Office report on duplicative federal programs. 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn

Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for the IRS. 3 p.m., 2359 Rayburn

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health holds a hearing on animal drug application fee reauthorization. 4 p.m., 2123 Rayburn