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In the Hot Seat: Agencies address the border issue

Demonstrators confront each other Friday outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., as police stand between them. Demonstrators on both sides of the immigration debate had gathered where the agency was foiled earlier this week in an attempt to bus in and process some of the immigrants who have flooded the Texas border with Mexico. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

With progress on appropriations bills in the Senate at a grinding halt, as colleague Paul Kane explains here, a lot of focus in the chamber is on the burgeoning border crisis and President Obama’s request for emergency funding to deal with it. Because the White House has multiple agencies working on it, the Senate has called the heads of several of them to the hot seat this week, including Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and newly confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. Meanwhile, the House has several hearings this week on a variety of subjects, including a House Budget Committee hearing Wednesday on the war on poverty chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), but not many with high-level federal officials as witnesses.


Wednesday, July 9

Who: Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland Where: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Why: Russia and Ukraine updates

Who: Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske Where: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Why: Mexico border issues

Thursday, July 10

Who: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell Where: Senate Appropriations Committee Why: Emergency funding request for unaccompanied children

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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