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.
Convenes at 9:30 a.m.
Roll call votes expected.
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
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
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
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
Armed Services holds a hearing on the defense authorization budget request. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey testify. 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn
Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces holds a hearing on the presidentís budget and acquisition and modernization strategies. 3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn
Fiscal 2014 Appropriations
Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Commerce Department. 1:30 p.m., H-309 Capitol
Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Education Department. 10 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn
Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Department of Homeland Security. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies. 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn
Energy-Water Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on nuclear waste programs and strategies. 10 a.m., 2362-B Rayburn
Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Interior Department. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies. 1 p.m., B-308 Rayburn
Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing on U.S. Internet governance policy. 2:15 p.m., 2123 Rayburn
Intelligence holds its annual worldwide threat hearing, which reviews the current and projected threats facing the U.S. National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper, CIA Director John O. Brennan, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testify. 10 a.m., HVC-210 Capitol Visitor Center
Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations holds a hearing on several measures, including on the National Forest System (HR 1294) and wildfire prevention (HR 1345). 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth
Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections holds a hearing on legislation that would permit employees to request flexible work terms and conditions. 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn
Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations holds a hearing on human rights issues in Vietnam. Former Rep. Anh ďJosephĒ Cao, R-La., testifies. 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn
Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations holds a hearing on the Securities and Exchange Commission efforts to implement the JOBS Act. 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn
Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence holds a hearing on counterterrorism efforts. 10 a.m., 311 Cannon
Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials holds a hearing on Amtrak reauthorization. 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn
Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census holds a hearing on the federal employee health benefits program. 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn
Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health holds a hearing on Medicare benefit design challenges. 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn
Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises holds a hearing on the overhaul of derivatives provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act. 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn
Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy holds a hearing on coal ash recycling and oversight. 10:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn
Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security holds a hearing on risk-based security efforts. 1 p.m., 311 Cannon
Foreign Affairs Subcommittees on Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade hold a hearing on Iran, North Korea and Syria. 2:30 p.m., 2172 Rayburn
Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere holds a hearing on energy opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean. 3 p.m., 2200 Rayburn
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.