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AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Wednesday, March 12


--------------------- COMMITTEE MEETINGS

9:30 a.m. ARMED SERVICES — Meeting to receive testimony on the situation in Afghanistan. Witness: General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC, Commander, International Security Assistance Force.

Location: 216 Hart.

9:45 a.m. RULES AND ADMINISTRATION — Hearings to examine election administration, focusing on innovation, administrative improvements and cost savings.\_id=66b1be3d-d5f8-4bc4-9abe-be2b773a1621&ContentType\_id14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&Group\_id1983a2a8-4fc3-4062-a50e-7997351c154b

Location: 301 Russell.

10 a.m. BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS — Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Subvcommittee Hearing, "Superstorm Sandy Recovery: Ensuring Strong Coordination among Federal, State, and Local Stakeholders." Witness: Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Location: 538 Dirksen.

10 a.m. HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS — Hearing, "From Poverty to Opportunity: How a Fair Minimum Wage Will Help Working Families Succeed."

Location: 430 Dirksen.

Notes: Rescheduled from Feb. 13.

10 a.m. HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS — Management Matters: Creating a 21st Century Government Witnesses: Beth F. Cobert, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget; Eugene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Location: 342 Dirksen.

10 a.m. JUDICIARY — Hearing on Nominations.

Location: 226 Dirksen.

10 a.m. VETERAN'S AFFAIRS — Legislative presentation of the Air Force Sergeants Association, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Fleet Reserve Association, Gold Star Wives, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Non Commissioned Officers Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Wounded Warrior Project. Witnesses: Anthony Odierno, Board of Directors, Wounded Warrior Project; Bill Lawson, National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America; H. Gene Overstreet, Sergeant Major, USMC, Ret., President, Non Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America; Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and CEO, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Jamie H. Tomek, Chair, Government Relations Committee, Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.; Virgil Courneya, National President, Fleet Reserve Association; Charles Susino, National Commander, American Ex-Prisoners of War; John R. McCauslin CMSGT (Ret.) USAF, Chief Executive Officer, Air Force Sergeants Association.

Location: G50 Dirksen.


10:30 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Defense Subcommittee Hearing, Defense Health Programs. Witnesses: Dr. Jonathan Woodson Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Mr. Chris Miller Program Executive Officer for Defense Healthcare Management System.

Location: 192 Dirksen.

10:30 a.m. BUDGET — Hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request and revenue proposals for fiscal year 2015.

Location: 608 Dirksen.


2 p.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Homeland Security Subcommittee Hearing, "FY 2015 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security." Witness: Jeh Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Location: 138 Dirksen.

2 p.m. VETERAN'S AFFAIRS — The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget for Veterans Programs. Witnesses: Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs - Accompanied by: Helen Tierney, Executive in Charge for the Office of Management and Acting Chief Financial Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs; Stephen Warren, Executive in Charge for Information and Technology, Office of Information and Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs; Steve L. Muro, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs; Allison A. Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs; Robert A. Petzel, MD, Under Secretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs.

Location: 418 Russell.


2:30 p.m. ARMED SERVICES — Meets to receive testimony on military space programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program.

Witnesses: Panel 1: General William L. Shelton, USAF, Commander, Air Force Space Command; Lieutenant General David L. Mann, USA, Commander, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Army Forces Strategic Command and, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense. Panel 2: Douglas L. Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy; Dr. John A. Zangardi, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations, and Space; Cristina T. Chaplain, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, Government Accountability Office.\_03/12/2014

Location: 222 Russell.


2:30 p.m. BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS — Economic Policy Subcommittee Hearing, "The State of U.S. Retirement Security: Can the Middle Class Afford to Retire?" Witnesses: Panel 1: Wheeler, Treasurer, State of Oregon; Monique Morrissey, Economist, Economic Policy Institute; Robert Hiltonsmith, Policy Analyst, Demos; Kristi Mitchem, Executive Vice President, State Street Global Advisors and Head of the Americas Institutional Client Group.\_ID=8c65ca92-9372-400b-a4a4-387c95558b04

Location: 538 Dirksen.


2:30 p.m. COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION — Business meeting to consider S.1014, to reduce sports-related concussions in youth, S.1406, to amend the Horse Protection Act to designate additional unlawful acts under the Act, strengthen penalties for violations of the Act, improve Department of Agriculture enforcement of the Act, S.1468, to require the Secretary of Commerce to establish the Network for Manufacturing Innovation and for other purposes, S.2022, to establish scientific standards and protocols across forensic disciplines, S.2028, to amend the law relating to sport fish restoration and recreational boating safety, S.2049, to curb unfair and deceptive practices during assertion of patents, H.R.2052, to direct the Secretary of Commerce, in coordination with the heads of other relevant Federal departments and agencies, to conduct an interagency review of and report to Congress on ways to increase the global competitiveness of the United States in attracting foreign direct investment, an original bill entitled, "U.S. Merchant Marine Academy of Visitors Enhancement Act", and the nominations of Kelly R. Welsh, of Illinois, to be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce, Kathryn B. Thomson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Department of Transportation, David J. Arroyo, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and nominations for promotion in the United States Coast Guard.\_id=dfb2e855-b9ec-4bef-96a3-79d1bdbbb9e2&ContentType\_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&Group\_idb06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a

Location: 253 Russell.

Notes: Originally scheduled for March 5.

2:30 p.m. FOREIGN RELATIONS — Hearing on National Security and Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2015 International Affairs Budget. Speaker: John F. Kerry, Secretary, Department of State.

Location: 419 Dirksen.

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