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Vice President Biden’s deficit-reduction group kicks into high gear this week, with three meetings scheduled between the administration and congressional negotiators. Two other deficit-reduction events worth keeping an eye on: former senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) speaks at the Capitol Hill Club Tuesday morning, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and others speak Tuesday afternoon at a debt ceiling event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Libya remains a hotly-debated topic as well; watch to see whether the Senate is able to reach consensus this week on a resolution on the U.S. military involvement in the country after punting last week. On Thursday, another foreign-affairs event to watch will be a speech by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on the war on terror.

A closer look at the week ahead:


The Senate and House are in at 2 p.m. In the House, votes are expected beginning at 6:30 p.m. on H.R. 2055, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012. No votes are expected in the Senate.

Committee hearings/other events:

11 a.m.: Vice President Biden and OMB Director Jack Lew make an announcement on “the administration’s ongoing effort to make government more accountable to the American people.”

12:30 p.m.: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) holds a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters.

12:30 p.m.: Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) discusses national security and foreign policy at a Council on Foreign Relations forum.

12:30 p.m.: The Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and the Middle East Institute host a discussion on Pakistan’s Inter-Services intelligence featuring participants including Post senior diplomatic correspondent Karen DeYoung.

1 p.m.: The House Oversight Committee holds a hearing on “Obstruction of Justice: Does the Justice Department Have to Respond to a Lawfully Issued and Valid Congressional Subpoena?”

1 p.m.: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor delivers remarks at a discussion on “Can the United States Remain United?” at the National Press Club.

1 p.m.: The U.S. Institute of Peace holds a discussion on “Achieving a Durable Peace in Afghanistan.”

1:30 p.m.: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) testifies at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the “Energy and Revenue Enrichment Act of 2011.”

4 p.m.: A House Veterans Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Preventing Sexual Assaults and Safety Incidents at VA Facilities.”


The House is in at 10 a.m. to begin consideration of H.R. 2112, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012. From 8 to 9:30 a.m., the House will hold Former Members Day on the floor.

The Senate is also in session. Votes are expected at noon on two judicial nominations. At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of S.782, the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011 and will proceed to a vote on ending debate on an amendment to repeal the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit.

Committee hearings/other events:

8 a.m.: Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) speaks on deficit reduction at a Ripon Society breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club.

8:30 a.m.: Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) hold a news conference to discuss the “Speakout for Good Jobs Now Tour.”

9:30 a.m.: Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, and others testify at a House Oversight Committee hearing on “Achieving Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on wildfire management programs of the federal land management agencies.

10 a.m.: A House Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing called, “Does the Dodd-Frank Act End ‘Too Big to Fail’?”

10 a.m.: Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and others testify at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”

2:30 p.m.: The Senate Select Intelligence Committee holds a closed-door hearing on intelligence matters.

1 p.m.: Former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft discusses “foreign policy challenges facing the Obama administration” at a National Press Club luncheon.

2 p.m.: The House Ways and Means Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee and Social Security Subcommittee hold a joint hearing on “Social Security’s Payment Accuracy.”

2:30 p.m.: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) participates in a National Archives discussion with former members of Congress on “Responding to a National Crisis: Congress in the Aftermath of 9/11.”

2:30 p.m.: Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Michael Crapo (R-Idaho) and others speak at a New American Foundation/Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget conference on “The Debt Ceiling, Fiscal Plans, and Market Jitters: Where Do We Go From Here?” The event is being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.


The House is in at 10 a.m. to resume consideration of H.R. 2112. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8:30 a.m.: Third Way sponsors a forum featuring Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) discussing “The Next Stimulus? Bringing Corporate Tax Dollars Home to Work in America.”

9 a.m.: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) discusses the War on Terror at a forum hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

9:30 a.m.: Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler and others testify at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on “One Year Later: The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Implementation of Title VII.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on “The Clean Air Act and Public Health.”

10 a.m.: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the state of the international financial system.

10 a.m.: The House Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on “The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons.”

10:30 a.m.: Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen testify at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the Pentagon’s 2012 budget.

1 p.m.: The House Judiciary Committee meets to markup H.J.Res.1, “Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

1:15 p.m.: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers keynote remarks at a

Council on Foreign Relations symposium on “The Future of U.S. Immigration Policy.”

3 p.m.: A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing to review the national health care law’s regulatory burden.


The House is in at 9 a.m. to consider H.R. 2112 and potentially H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act. Last votes are expected by 3 p.m. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9 a.m.: Former Vermont governor Howard Dean (D) and former South Dakota governor Michael Rounds (R) discuss “The Fiscal Crisis in States: The Growing Challenge of Medicaid” at a National Press Club event.

10 a.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets to markup S.Res.194, expressing the sense of the Senate on U.S. military operations in Libya; as well as the nominations of William Burns to be deputy secretary of State, Gary Locke to be ambassador to China, and Ryan Crocker to be ambassador to Afghanistan

10 a.m.: The Senate Judiciary Committee meets to markup S.1103, a measure to extend the term of FBI Director Robert Mueller.

10 a.m.: The Senate Select Intelligence Committee holds a closed-door hearing on the U.S. Involvement in Libya.

10 a.m.: A House Administration subcommittee holds a hearing on “Modernizing Information Delivery in the House.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Preliminary Results of the Nuclear Safety Review in the United States following the Emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Japan.”

10 a.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Why Taiwan Matters.”

Noon: The National Archives holds an event at which Archivist of the United States David Ferriero will host a food-themed “Archives Jeopardy!”

6:30 p.m.: The Republican Party of Maryland holds a reception with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

6:30 p.m.: Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart hosts the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s “Stand Up for Heroes” gala which features musical performances by Train and 4 Troops at the Ronald Reagan Building.

7 p.m.: Attorney General Eric Holder delivers a keynote address at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy’s 2011 convention.


The House and Senate are not in session

Committee hearings/other events:

9:30 a.m.: The Senate Armed Services Committee tentatively holds a closed-door markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012.

12:30 p.m.: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius deliver luncheon remarks at the United States Conference of Mayors’ 79th annual meeting in Baltimore