Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., right, co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

With less than a month remaining until the deadline for the bipartisan debt-reduction supercommittee to come up with a plan to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade, it’s crunch time for the panel’s 12 members. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the joint committee holds a hearing on “Discretionary Outlays, Security and Non-Security”--the group’s fourth public meeting thus far. Have the lawmakers made any headway since their last public hearing late last month? Or, as some aides and members have suggested in recent days, is the group headed toward a deadlock?

The possibility that the supercommittee may fail, and that $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts may be enacted, has put members of the panel and the Republican leadership at odds with defense hawks, many of whom have voiced concern that cuts to defense spending may go too far. This week, the House Armed Services committee will devote a hearing to the “Economic Consequences of Defense Sequestration.”

That hearing -- which begins at the same time as the supercommittee’s meeting, at 10 a.m. -- may provide an instance of GOP defense hawks making an argument that typically has been made by Democrats throughout the debt debate: spending cuts may have a negative effect on the economy. Another factor likely to figure into the debate is last week’s news that the U.S. will withdraw combat troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

Also happening on the Hill this week: On the heels of a weekend visit to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the Capitol this Thursday to testify at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on “Afghanistan and Pakistan: Transition and the Way Forward.”

Here’s a closer look at the week ahead on the Hill:

Monday

The House is in at 2 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., votes under suspension of the rules are expected on seven measures, including a bill to authorize funds to acquire hydrographic data specific to the Arctic; and a bill prohibiting operators of civil aircraft in the U.S. from participating in the European Union’s emissions trading scheme. The Senate meets at 3:45 p.m. for a brief pro forma session, during which no legislative business will be conducted.

Committee hearings/other events:

10 a.m.: The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a conference on “China-United States Sustained Dialogue.”

Noon: The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program holds a discussion on “The Constitution and the Politics of Religious Bigotry.”

1 p.m.: TMZ.com founder Harvey Levin discusses “The Changing Landscape in Entertainment News Coverage” at a National Press Club luncheon.

3 p.m.: A House Armed Services panel holds a hearing on “The Defense Industrial Base: A National Security Imperative.”

5 p.m.: The House Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on H.R.1904, the “Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011.”

6:30 p.m.: The Georgetown University Law Center holds a screening of “Doctors of the Dark Side,” a documentary examining “the critical role of physicians and psychologists in the torture of detainees in U.S. custody.”

Tuesday

The House is in at 10 a.m. to begin consideration of three bills: the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011; a measure that would repeal the 3 percent withholding requirement on contractor payments; and a measure that would change the rules by which some Social Security recipients qualify for health insurance subsidies. Votes under suspension of the rules are expected on three non-controversial measures. The Senate is not in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9 a.m.: The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a book discussion on “Legislating International Organization: The U.S. Congress, the IMF, and the World Bank.”

10 a.m.: A House Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Eurozone Crisis and Implications for the United States.”

10 a.m.: A House Education and the Workforce subcommittee holds a hearing on “Government-Run Student Loans: Ensuring the Direct Loan Program is Accountable to Students and Taxpayers.”

10 a.m.: A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on H.R.1633, the “Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011.”

10 a.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Deployment of U.S. Forces in Central Africa and Implementation of The Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act.”

10 a.m.: The House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on “The U.S.-China Economic Relationship.”

10:15 a.m.: The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011.”

12:30 p.m.: Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson discusses “The United States and China: Five Principles for Strengthening the Global Economy,” in a speech to the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

12:30 p.m.: The American Enterprise Institute hosts a discussion on “Are the Poor and Middle Class Actually Getting Poorer? Reassessing Prosperity Trends Since 1980.”

1 p.m.: A House Armed Services subcommittee holds a hearing on “Military Retirement Reform.”

1:30 p.m.: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) delivers keynote remarks on “Reasserting American Exceptionalism in the U.S.-Russia Relationship” at a Heritage Foundation event.

Wednesday

The House is in at 10 a.m. to continue its consideration of the three measures above. The Senate is not in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9 a.m.: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) delivers remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit. At noon, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) delivers keynote remarks at the Annual Legal Reform Awards Luncheon.

10 a.m.: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) discusses “Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division,” at a forum hosted by the Heritage Foundation.

10 a.m.: Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf testifies at a debt supercommittee hearing on “Discretionary Outlays, Security and Non-Security.”

10 a.m.: The House Armed Services committee holds a hearing on “Economic Consequences of Defense Sequestration.”

Noon: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf discusses “U.S.-Pakistan relations, recent tensions between the two countries, and a vision of the way forward” in a speech to Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

1 p.m.: The House Small Business committee holds a hearing on “Oversight of the Small Business Administration’s Financing Programs.”

2:30 p.m.: A House Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States.”

Thursday

The House is in at 9 a.m., with last votes expected no later than 3 p.m. The Senate is not in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9:30 a.m.: Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the BP Compensation Fund, testifies at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on “Gulf Coast Recovery: President Obama’s BP Compensation Fund, How Is It Working?”

10 a.m.: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on “Afghanistan and Pakistan: Transition and the Way Forward.”

10 a.m.: A House Armed Services subcommittee holds a hearing on “Readiness in the Age of Austerity.”

10 a.m.: The Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Catholic Charities USA; and the National Council of the Churches of Christ sponsor an event to launch the 4th annual “Fighting Poverty with Faith” effort. Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and others participate.

2 p.m.: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Trafficking in Persons Report 2011: Truth, Trends, and Tier Rankings.”

Friday

The House and Senate are both out of session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9 a.m.: Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, discusses “Ends and Means: American Security Strategy and Defense Budgets,” in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute.

9 a.m.: The National Archives’ National Declassification Center holds a conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Berlin Crisis.

11 a.m.: The Heritage Foundation holds a book discussion on “Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others?”

Noon: The Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a forum on “SAIS International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellows Report on the World.”

Correction: Earlier versions of this blog post listed an incorrect date for a “Fighting Poverty With Faith” event.