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Today at a Glance: April 11, 2013

The Senate votes at 11 a.m. to cut off debate on the motion to proceed to a bill that would require background checks on all firearm sales. If cloture is invoked, the chamber has up to 30 hours of debate until it can vote to proceed to the bill, though an agreement could be reached to yield back some of that time.

The House takes up a resolution that would provide for consideration of a measure that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from taking any action requiring a quorum or enforcing any decisions until it has a Senate-approved quorum, the Supreme Court rules the recess appointments to be constitutional or the current boardís term is over at the end of the 113th Congress.

Senate

Convenes at 9:30 a.m.

Roll call votes expected.

Markup

Judiciary votes on the nominations of Kenneth John Gonzales to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, Gregory Alan Phillips to be a judge for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Karol Virginia Mason to be an assistant attorney general. 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen

Fiscal 2014 Budget

Budget holds a hearing on the presidentís budget. Office of Management and Budget acting Director Jeff Zients testifies. 2 p.m., 608 Dirksen

Finance holds hearings on the presidentís budget. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew testifies. 2:30 p.m., 215 Dirksen

Fiscal 2014 Appropriations

Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Commerce Department. 10 a.m., 192 Dirksen

Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 10 a.m., 138 Dirksen

Hearings

Armed Services holds a confirmation hearing on Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove for reappointment to the grade of general and to be commander of U.S. European Command and supreme allied commander, Europe. 9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen

Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection holds a hearing on oversight of independent consultants in financial services. 10 a.m., 538 Dirksen

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions holds a hearing on guaranteed issue and new rating rules. 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen

Environment and Public Works holds a confirmation hearing on Gina McCarthy to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 10:30 a.m., 406 Dirksen

Foreign Relations holds a hearing on U.S. policy regarding Syria. 2:15 p.m., 419 Dirksen

Intelligence holds a closed hearing on pending intelligence matters. 2:30 p.m., 219 Hart

House

Convenes at noon for legislative business.

First and last votes expected 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Rule for floor debate:

H Res 146 ó Providing for consideration of a bill (HR 1120) on the National Labor Relations Board

Markups

Science, Space and Technology marks up legislation on midlevel ethanol blends (HR 875) and Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications (draft). 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn

Judiciary marks up legislation (HR 367) on regulations from the executive branch. 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn

Fiscal 2014 Budget

Ways and Means holds a hearing on the presidentís budget. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew testifies. 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth

Budget holds a hearing on the presidentís budget. Office of Management and Budget acting Director Jeff Zients testifies. 10 a.m., 210 Cannon

Veteransí Affairs holds a hearing on the proposed budget for the Veterans Affairs Department. 10 a.m., 334 Cannon

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