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AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Tuesday, March 11

CONGRESS-SENATE

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9:30 a.m. ARMED SERVICES — Meeting to consider the nominations of: General Paul J. Selva, USAF for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, United States Transportation Command; and Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers, USN to be admiral and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Services/Commander, United States Cyber Command. (The nominees will be present.)

Location: G50 Dirksen.

10 a.m. BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS — Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Hearing, "Finding the Right Capital Regulations for Insurers."

Location: 538 Dirksen.

10 a.m. HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS — Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging hearing on Access and Cost: What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries. Witnesses: Panel I: Tsung-Mei Cheng, MA , Health Policy Research Analyst, Woodrow Wilson School of Public Health, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; Ching-Chuan Yeh, MD , former Minister of Health for Taiwan; Professor, School of Public Health, College of Medicine, Tzu-Chi University, Hualien City, Taiwan; Sally C. Pipes , President and CEO, Pacific Research Institute, San Francisco, CA; Danielle Martin, MD, MPP , Vice-President Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions, Women's College Hospital, Toronto, Canada; Jakob Kjellberg, MSc , Professor, Program Director for Health, KORA-Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research, Copenhagen, Denmark; David Hogberg, PhD , Health Care Policy Analyst, National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C; Victor G. Rodwin, PhD, MPH , Professor of Health Policy and Management, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, New York, NY. http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=8acab996-5056-a032-522e-e39ca45fcfbe

Location: 430 Dirksen.

10 a.m. HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS: — Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight hearings to examine whistleblower retaliation at the Hanford nuclear site. http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/fco/hearings/whistleblower-retaliation-at-the-hanford-nuclear-site

Location: 628 Dirksen.

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10:15 a.m. JUDICIARY — "Open Government and Freedom of Information: Reinvigorating the Freedom of Information Act for the Digital Age. Witnesses: Panel I: Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC; Miriam Nisbet, Director, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC. Panel II: Amy Bennett, Assistant Director, OpenTheGovernment.org, Washington, DC; Dr. David Cuillier, Director, Associate Professor, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, President, Society for Professional Journalists, on behalf of The Sunshine in Government Initiative, Tucson, AZ; Daniel J. Metcalfe, Adjunct Professor of Law, Executive Director, Collaboration on Government Secrecy, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC.

Location: 226 Dirksen.

2:15 p.m. ARMED SERVICES — Subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities meets to receive testimony on U.S. Special Operations Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Admiral William H. McRaven, USN, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command; Michael D. Lumpkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict.

Location: 222 Russell.

Notes: There is a CLOSED session in Room SVC-217, the Office of Senate Security in the Capitol Visitor Center, following the OPEN session.

2:15 p.m. FOREIGN RELATIONS — Business meeting to consider Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing, done at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in Rome, Italy, on November 22, 2009 (the "Agreement") (Treaty Doc.112-04) Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean, done at Auckland, New Zealand, November 14, 2009 (Treaty Doc.113-01), Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, done at Tokyo on February 24, 2012, and signed by the United States on May 2, 2012 (Treaty Doc.113-02), Amendment to the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries, adopted on September 28, 2007, at the twenty-ninth Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) (Treaty Doc.113-03), S.Res.361, recognizing the threats to freedom of the press and expression in the People's Republic of China and urging the Government of the People's Republic of China to take meaningful steps to improve freedom of expression as fitting of a responsible international stakeholder, S.Res.365, deploring the violent repression of peaceful demonstrators in Venezuela, calling for full accountability for human rights violations taking place in Venezuela, and supporting the right of the Venezuelan people to the free and peaceful exercise of representative democracy, original Ukraine legislation, and the nominations of Bathsheba Nell Crocker, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, Robert A. Wood, of New York, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, Luis G. Moreno, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Jamaica, John L. Estrada, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph William Westphal, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Douglas Alan Silliman, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, Mark Gilbert, of Florida, to be Ambassador to New Zealand, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Independent State of Samoa, and Matthew H. Tueller, of Utah, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen, all of the Department of State. http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/business-meeting-03-11-2014

Location: S-116.

2:30 p.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Legislative Branch Subcommittee Hearing, "FY 2015 Budget Requests for the Congressional Budget Office and the Government Accountability Office." Witnesses: Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General, United States Government Accountability Office; Dr. Douglas Elmendorf, Director, United States Congressional Budget Office.

Location: 192 Dirksen.

2:30 p.m. HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS — Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce hearing on A More Efficient And Effective Government: Improving the Regulatory Framework. http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/fpfw/hearings/a-more-efficient-and-effective-government-improving-the-regulatory-framework

Location: 419 Dirksen.

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