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House - meets at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Senate - meets at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

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    In the Committees - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    House Hearings:
    • Appropriations - Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing entitled "FY 19 - Department of Commerce." 2359 RHOB (9:30 am); Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies hearing entitled "FY19 - Department Housing and Urban Development.” 2358-A RHOB (9:30 am); Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing entitled "FY19 - Department of Education." 2358-C RHOB (10:00 am); Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies hearing entitled "FY19 - National Nuclear Security Administration." 2362 - B RHOB (10:00 am)
    • Armed Services - Full committee hearing entitled "Assessing the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request and Acquisition Reform Progress." 2118 RHOB (10:00 am); Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces hearing entitled "Submarine Industrial Base: Options for Construction." 2212 RHOB (2:00 pm); Subcommittee on Readiness hearing entitled "Navy Readiness Posture." 2118 RHOB (3:30 pm)
    • Homeland Security/ Oversight and Government Reform - Joint subcommittee hearing of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection (Homeland) and the Subcommittee on Information Technology (OGR) hearing entitled “CDM: Government Perspectives on Security and Modernization." HVC-210 CAPITOL (2:00 pm)
    • Judiciary - Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations hearing entitled "Preventable Violence in America: An Examination of Law Enforcement Information Sharing and Misguided Public Policy." 2141 RHOB (10:00 am); Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet hearing entitled "Assessing the Effectiveness of the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents." 2141 RHOB (2:00 pm)
    • Small Business - Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce  hearing entitled "Workforce Development: Advancing Apprenticeships for Small Business." 2360 RHOB (2:00 pm)
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    • Education - Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions hearing entitled “Expanding Affordable Health Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans.” 2175 RHOB (10:00 am)
    • Energy - Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing entitled "The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Role in Combating the Opioid Epidemic." 2322 RHOB (10:00 am); Subcommittee on Energy hearing entitled "Fiscal Year 2019 Nuclear Regulatory Commission Budget." 2123 RHOB (10:15 am)
    • Financial Services - Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing entitled “Exploring the Financial Nexus of Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime.” 2128 RHOB (2:00 pm)
    • Natural Resources - Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs hearing entitled "Policy Priorities for the Administration’s FY 2019 Budget for Indian Affairs and Insular Areas." 1324 LHOB (10:30 am); Subcommittee on Federal Lands legislative hearing on H.R. 2584 (Rep. Will Hurd), To amend title 54, United States Code, to establish, fund, and provide for the use of amounts in a National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, and for other purposes. “National Park Service Legacy Act of 2017”; H.R. 5210 (Rep. Michael K. Simpson), To establish the National Park Restoration Fund, and for other purposes. 1324 LHOB (2:00 pm)
    • Transportation and Infrastructure - Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hearing entitled "Impacts of the 2017 Wildfires in the United States." 2167 RHOB (10:30 am)
    • Veterans' Affairs - Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs hearing on H.R. 888- To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain totally disabled veterans (Rep. W Jones); H.R. 4335 - Servicemember Family Burial Act (Rep. C Luis); H.R. 4910- Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act (Rep. A Scott); and, H.R. 4958- Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018 (Rep. M Bost). 334 CHOB (10:30 am); Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity hearing on H.R. 1206- Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2017 (Rep. L Messer); H.R. 3023- To amend title 38, United States Code, to eliminate the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay reporting fees to educational institutions (Rep. S Russell); H.R. 3940- Veterans Education Disaster Assistance Act (Rep. T Poe); H.R. 4451- Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017  (Rep. B Wenstrup); H.R. 4830- Servicemembers Improved Transition through Reforms for Ensuring Progress Act (Rep. G Bilirakis); H.R. 4835-Job TOOLS for Veterans Act (Rep. E Esty); H.R. 5044- Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act (Rep. S Chabot); and, a draft bill entitled, “VA Home Loan Improvement Act of 2018.” 334 CHOB (2:00 pm)
    Senate Hearings:
    • Armed Services - Hearings to examine United States Strategic Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2019 and the Future Years Defense Program. SH-216 (09:30 AM)
    • Armed Services - Hearings to examine Marine Corps ground modernization in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2019 and the Future Years Defense Program. SR-232A (02:30 PM)
    • Commerce - Hearings to examine an update on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and automaker efforts to repair defective Takata air bag inflators. SR-253 (02:30 PM)
    • Energy - An oversight hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2019 for the Department of Energy. SD-366 (10:00 AM)
    • Environment - Hearings to examine the nomination of John L. Ryder, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. SD-406 (10:00 AM)
    • Finance - Hearings to examine the nominations of John J. Bartrum, of Indiana, to be an Assistant Secretary, and Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Family Support, both of the Department of Health and Human Services. SD-215 (10:10 AM)
    • Foreign Relations - Business meeting to consider S.Res.85, calling on the Government of Iran to fulfill repeated promises of assistance in the case of Robert Levinson, the longest held United States civilian in our Nation's history, S.Res.224, recognizing the 5th anniversary of the death of Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, and commemorating his legacy and commitment to democratic values and principles, S.Res.376, urging the Governments of Burma and Bangladesh to ensure the safe, dignified, voluntary, and sustainable return of the Rohingya refugees who have been displaced by the campaign of ethnic cleansing conducted by the Burmese military, S.Res.426, supporting the goals of International Women's Day, S.Res.429, commemorating the 59th anniversary of Tibet's 1959 uprising as "Tibetan Rights Day", and expressing support for the human rights and religious freedom of the Tibetan people and the Tibetan Buddhist faith community, S.Res.432, congratulating the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 100th anniversary of their declarations of independence, H.R.1660, to direct the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to submit to Congress a report on the development and use of global health innovations in the programs, projects, and activities of the Agency, extradition Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Kosovo (the "Treaty"), signed at Pristina on March 29, 2016 (Treaty Doc.115-02), the Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Kiribati on the Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries, signed at Majuro on September 6, 2013, and the Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia on the Delimitation of a Maritime Boundary, signed at Koror on August 1, 2014 (Treaty Doc.114-13), extradition Treaty between the United States of America and the Republic of Serbia (the "Treaty"), signed at Belgrade on August 15, 2016 (Treaty Doc.115-01), the United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade, done at New York on December 12, 2001, and signed by the United States on December 30, 2003 (Treaty Doc.114-07), and the nominations of Erik Bethel, of Florida, to be United States Alternate Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Judy Lynn Shelton, of Virginia, to be United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Kevin Edward Moley, of Arizona, to be an Assistant Secretary (International Organization Affairs), Robert Frank Pence, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Finland, Trevor D. Traina, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Austria, Andrea L. Thompson, of South Dakota, to be Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Marie Royce, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary (Educational and Cultural Affairs), and Edward Charles Prado, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Argentine Republic, all of the Department of State, Josephine Olsen, of Maryland, to be Director of the Peace Corps, and Sean Cairncross, of Minnesota, to be Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation. S-116 (10:30 AM)
    • Intelligence - To receive a closed briefing regarding certain intelligence matters. SH-219 (02:30 PM)
    • Judiciary - Hearings to examine the need to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. SD-226 (10:00 AM)
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