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In the Hot Seat: Congress returns

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They’re baaack. Congress returns from its two-week spring break with one eye  focused on the midterm elections. As colleague Ed O’Keefe writes this morning, our nation’s leaders don’t plan to do a whole lot this summer except, maybe, make progress on appropriations bills.

Although most Obama Cabinet members have cycled through Congress in previous weeks to discuss spending requests for fiscal 2015, there are still several left to take the hot seat, including Treasury Sec. Jack Lew.


Tuesday April 29

Who: Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James
Where: Senate Armed Services Committee
Why: Defense authorization bill

Who: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John P. Holdren, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collin, National Science Foundation France A. Cordova
Where: Senate Appropriations Committee
Why: Federal investments in innovation


Wednesday April 30

Who: Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Where: Senate Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, education
Why: 2015 appropriations bill

Who: Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Michele M. Leonhart
Where: Senate Judiciary Committee
Why: DEA oversight

Who: Army Secretary John McHugh
Where: Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense
Why: 2015 appropriations bill

Who: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, Tax Administration Inspector General J. Russell George
Where: Senate Appropriations subcommittee on financial services
Why: 2015 appropriations bill

Who: National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz
Where: Senate Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water development
Why: 2015 appropriations bill

Who: Federal Elections Commission Commissioner Ann Ravel
Where: Senate Rules and Administration Committee
Why: Post-McCutcheon Campaign Finance

Who: Transportation Security Administration Administrator John S. Pistole
Where: Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Why: Transportation security

Thursday May 1

Who: NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
Where: Senate Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice, science
Why: 2015 appropriations bill

Who: U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman
Where: Senate Finance Committee
Why: Trade policy


Tuesday April 29

Who: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew
Where: House Appropriations subcommittee on financial services and general government
Why: 2015 appropriations bill

Who: Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White
Where: House Financial Services Committee
Why: 2015 budget

Who: Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Where: House Education and the Workforce Committee
Why: 2015 budget

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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