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    • Energy - Hearings to examine the potential modernization of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and related energy security issues. SD-366 (10:30 AM)
    • Foreign Relations - Hearings to examine the United States role and strategy in the Middle East, focusing on Yemen and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. SD-419 (02:30 PM)
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    • Intelligence - To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters. SH-219 (02:15 PM)
    • Judiciary - Hearings to examine how overregulation harms minorities. SD-226 (02:15 PM)
    • Veterans - Hearings to examine pending health and benefits legislation; to be immediately followed by a business meeting to consider the nomination of Michael Herman Michaud, of Maine, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training. SR-418 (02:30 PM)
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