Updated: 7:12 p.m.Secretary of Health and Human Services appointee Kathleen Sebelius will get her first airing before a Senate committee next week when she sits for her first of two confirmation hearings.The Democratic Kansas governor will testify before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday. She will also have to appear before the Finance Committee, which ultimately votes on the nomination. That hearing is scheduled for April 2.Sebelius visited Capitol Hill earlier this week to meet with HELP Chairman Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). Sebelius, appointed by President Barack Obama earlier this month, was the presidents second choice after former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) withdrew his nomination after it was revealed that he failed to appropriately pay his taxes.Sebelius confirmation is expected to move smoothly through the Senate.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.