What to Watch

What to Watch

Thursday, April 23, 2009

-- President Obama will speak at the Holocaust Memorial Museum's Days of Remembrance Ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. In the afternoon, he will meet with representatives of credit card companies about cleaning up industry practices. In the evening, the first couple will host a reception for members of Congress and their spouses in the Blue Room.

-- First lady Michelle Obama will hold an event for Take Your Child to Work Day -- something the first family knows a bit about -- in the White House's East Room in the morning. In the afternoon, she will visit the Office of Personnel Management as part of her ongoing tour of the federal government.

-- The crisis in the banking sector may have temporarily become Topic B thanks to the release of the Office of Legal Counsel memos on enhanced interrogation, but the Joint Economic Committee is staying on the case. Today it will be briefed on "Following the Money: A Quarterly Report by the Special Inspector General on the TARP," released Tuesday. Neil Barofsky, the official in question for the Troubled Assets Relief Program, will testify.

-- Also following the money? The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, with its hearing "Follow the Money: State and Local Oversight of Stimulus Funding." The executive director of the National Governors Association and the director of federal relations for the National League of Cities will testify.

-- The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2009 with an extensive list of witnesses.

-- At 2:30 p.m., Topic A begets a political pressure act when the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn.org, Democrats.com, Firedoglake.com and others attempt to present petitions to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. Their demand: an independent prosecutor "to conduct a criminal investigation of the use of torture."

-- Nominations in progress: The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the nominations of a number of potential Department of Housing and Urban Development players -- Ronald Sims to be deputy secretary, Helen R. Kanovsky to be general counsel, David H. Stevens to be assistant secretary for housing/federal housing commissioner, Peter Kovar to be assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs, and John TrasviƱa to be assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity -- as well as David Cohen to be assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the Treasury Department and Fred P. Hochberg to be president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank. The nominees will testify.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on a slew of Energy Department nominations -- Kristina M. Johnson to be undersecretary for energy, Steven Elliot Koonin to be undersecretary for science, Ines R. Triay to be assistant secretary for environmental management and Scott Blake Harris to be general counsel -- and Hilary Chandler Tompkins to be solicitor of the Interior Department. The nominees will testify.

And the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will vote on the nomination of Regina McCarthy to be assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's awesomely named Office of Air and Radiation.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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