President Obama listens as former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee to be the secretary of veterans affairs, speaks in Washington on June 30. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

Members of Congress have two weeks until they leave Washington for their August summer break. Colleague Paul Kane wrote Monday about the Senate’s legislative inaction, and with that, not a whole lot is expected to be accomplished this summer. The Senate does have several high-ranking Obama administration officials testifying this week, including the confirmation of former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald to be veterans affairs secretary.


Tuesday, July 22

Who: Nominee — Robert A. McDonald, for the post of veterans affairs secretary; where: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committe; why: confirmation hearing

Who: Labor Deputy Secretary Chris Lu; where: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee on employment and workplace safety; why: black lung

Wednesday, July 23

Who: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy; where: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; why: carbon pollution standards for power plants

Who: Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet; where: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; why: women in business

Who: Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate; where: Senate Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security; why: flood insurance

Thursday, July 24

Who: Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, nominated to be the energy deputy secretary; where: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; why: confirmation hearing

Who: Social Security Administration Chief Actuary Stephen Goss; where: Senate Finance Committee; why: disability insurance


Thursday, July 24

Who: veterans affairs acting secretary Sloan Gibson; where: House Veterans’ Affairs Committee; why: restoring trust with veterans