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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 03/28/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Budget battles, Libya, Japan and more Muslim hearings

Just as they were before last week’s recess, members of the House and Senate are faced this week with the task of negotiating a way forward on funding the government through September. Only this time, the stakes are higher: Support among lawmakers for stopgap funding measures is waning, and the negotiators don’t seem to be getting much closer to an agreement. A planned tea party protest at the Capitol on Thursday will only up the pressure. On top of the budget fight, several other pressing issues – among them the crisis in Libya and the natural disasters in Japan – have also come into the picture. Several committee hearings this week will deal with each of those, and Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) Tuesday hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims will examine another hot topic. (We’ll have more on that later this morning.) Here’s a preview of the week ahead:

Monday

The House is not in session. The Senate is in at 2 p.m. to resume consideration of a small business bill. A vote on the confirmation of a district judge is expected at 5:30 p.m.

Committee hearings/other events:

8:30 a.m.: National Journal hosts an event on border security at the Ronald Reagan Building.

10 a.m.: The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan holds a hearing on federal contracting.

Noon: The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA holds a federal budget prayer vigil in the Upper Senate Park.

12:30 p.m.: The American Enterprise Institute holds a discussion on Libya.

12:30 p.m.: National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon delivers remarks at a Carnegie Endowment conference on international nuclear policy at the Reagan Building.

6:30 p.m.: Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff discusses his new book, “The Threat Matrix: The Federal Bureau of Investigation at War in the Age of Global Terror,” at the National Press Club.

Tuesday

The House is in at 2 p.m. to consider an Airport and Airway Extension Act and a measure to eliminate the Treasury Department’s Home Affordable Mortgage Program, one of several foreclosure-assistance programs targeted by House Republicans this month. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8:00 a.m.: Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) delivers remarks at a Carnegie Endowment conference on international nuclear policy at the Ronald Reagan Building.

8:30 a.m.: Thomson Reuters and CQ Roll Call sponsor a forum on the future of health care legislation and implementation at Union Station.

8:30 a.m.: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) delivers remarks on energy efficiency at an Alliance to Save Energy Policy Perspectives Breakfast at The Caucus Room.

9:30 a.m.: The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on U.S. European Command. (The hearing is also expected to touch on Libya.)

10 a.m.: A Senate Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on protecting the civil rights of American Muslims.

10 a.m.: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on recent events at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor.

10 a.m.: Erin Brockovich testifies at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on “Disease Clusters and Environmental Health.”

2:30 p.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Suzan Johnson Cook to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

4 p.m: The Child Welfare League holds a reception at the Liaison Hotel honoring Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

Wednesday

The House is in at 10 a.m. to consider the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act, sponsored by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. The Senate is in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8:30 a.m.: House Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) speaks at an event on capital markets at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Elizabeth Warren delivers the keynote address at 9 a.m., followed by Chamber CEO Tom Donohue at 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.: A House Oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on “Has Dodd-Frank Ended Too Big To Fail?”

10 a.m.: The House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on job creation and the federal deficit.

10 a.m.: A Senate Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water holds a hearing on nuclear safety in light of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

10 a.m.: The Senate Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on “Ten Years After 9/11: A Report From the 9/11 Commission.” Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the former chairmen of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, testify.

10 a.m.: A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the “True Cost of PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act): Effects on the Budget and Jobs.”

10 a.m.: A House Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing examining the permanent provisions of the PATRIOT Act.

11:30 a.m.: The Center for Excellence in Education holds an annual congressional luncheon in the Hart Building.

1:30 p.m.: A House Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on the America Invents Act.

2 p.m.: The House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on “The Costs of Implementing the Dodd-Frank Act: Budgetary and Economic.”

2 p.m.: A House Ways and Means subcommittee holds a hearing on pending trade agreements.

2:30 p.m.: Administration officials hold a confidential briefing with House members on Libya in the Capitol Visitors Center auditorium. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen are expected to attend.

Thursday

The House is in at 10 a.m. to consider the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8:30 a.m.: Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) discusses American foreign policy and Africa in a speech to the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

9:30 a.m.: The House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on Libya.

9:30 a.m.: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on the Department of Homeland Security and FOIA.

10 a.m.: Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg testifies at a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Libya.

10 a.m.: A Senate Homeland Security subcommittee holds a hearing on “Exploring Drug Gangs’ Ever-Evolving Tactics to Penetrate the Border and the Federal Government’s Ability to Stop Them.”

10 a.m.: A House education subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Future of Union Transparency and Accountability.”

10:30 a.m.: A House Administration subcommittee holds a hearing on “The 2010 Election: A Look Back At What Went Right and Wrong.”

Noon: The Tea Party Patriots hold a rally at the Capitol’s East Front on the measure to fund the federal government.

2 p.m.: The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on Libya.

2 p.m.: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell testifies at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on American interests in China and Asia.

Friday

The House is in at 9 a.m. to finish consideration of the FAA bill, with votes expected at 3 p.m. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9 a.m.: The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosts a discussion on “The First Hundred Days: An Early Look at the 112th Congress.”

9:30 a.m.: The House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the implementation of “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal.

10 a.m.: A House Appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing on terrorist travel.

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