In the Hot Seat: Cabinet members face Congress

Welcome to the Loop’s first installment of “In the Hot Seat,” a weekly look ahead at who in the federal government has been summoned to testify on Capitol Hill. The list is not meant to be comprehensive (although we’ll try our best), but to provide a snapshot of the week’s priorities.

This week is an especially busy one for scheduled Cabinet secretary appearances as every congressional committee angles to have its say on the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request and next year’s spending. Most of the Obama team, from John F. Kerry to Kathleen Sebelius, will be in the hot seat.


Last December, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had to testify at the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee about failures in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. On Thursday she will appear before a House Appropriations subcommittee. (Gary Cameron/ Reuters)

Upper chamber

Tuesday March 11

Who: Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz Where: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on financial and contracting oversight Why: Whistleblower retaliation at Hanford Nuclear Site.

Wednesday March 12

Who: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan Where: Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee on housing, transportation, and community Development Why: Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Who: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson Where: Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense Why: DOD health programs

Who: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Where: Senate Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security Why: Appropriations bill

Who: Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Where: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Why: Budget

Who: Secretary of State John F. Kerry Where: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Why: Budget

Who: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Where: Senate Budget Committee Why: Budget

Thursday March 13

Who: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Where: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Why: Budget

Who: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Where: Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development Why: Appropriations bill

Who: Secretary of State John F. Kerry Where: Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State, foreign operations  Why: Appropriations bill

Lower chamber

Tuesday March 11

Who: Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson Where: House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security Why: Appropriations bill

Wednesday March 12

Who: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Where: House Ways and Means Committee Why: Budget

Who: Acting Undersecretary of Transportation for Policy Peter Rogoff Where: House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on highways and transit Why: Budget and highway bill implementation

Who: Secretary of State John F. Kerry Where: House Appropriations subcommittee on State, foreign operations Why: Appropriations bill

Who: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Where: House Budget Committee Why: Budget

Who: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Where: House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development Why: Appropriations bill

Thursday March 13

Who: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan Where: House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development Why: Appropriations bill

Who: Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Where: House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Why: Budget

Who: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Where: House Appropriations subcommittee on defense Why: Appropriations bill

Who: Secretary of State John F. Kerry Where: House Foreign Affairs Committee Why: Budget

Who: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Where: House Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, education Why: Appropriations bill

Who: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Where: House Homeland Security Committee Why: Budget

Friday March 14

Who: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Where: House Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture, rural development, FDA Why: Appropriations bill

 

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.

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