The Senate resumes consideration of a measure that would expand background checks to all gun sales and make it a federal crime to buy guns for people legally barred from owning them. Senators are currently debating an amendment to require background checks for sales in commercial settings, but not to all private sales, as called for in the underlying legislation.
The House votes on three suspensions, all dealing with information networks and cybersecurity.
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power marks up pending legislation. 2 p.m., 2123 Rayburn
Senate Foreign Relations holds a markup on pending legislation, nominations and foreign services lists. 2:15 p.m., S-116 Capitol
House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations holds a hearing on the role of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. 9 a.m. 2128 Rayburn
Senate Armed Services holds a hearing on the situation in Afghanistan. 9:30 a.m., 216 Hart
House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations. 9:30 a.m. B-308 Rayburn
House Oversight and Government Reform holds a hearing “Open to Visitors? Assessing the Federal Effort to Minimize the Sequester’s Impact on Access to Our Nation’s Capital and National Treasures.” 9:30 a.m. 2154 Rayburn
Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs holds a hearing on examining the conflict in Eastern Congo. 9:45 a.m., 419 Dirksen
House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for the Department of Agriculture. 10 a.m. 2362-A Rayburn
House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for the Department of Defense. 10 a.m. 2359 Rayburn
House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for the Coast Guard. 10 a.m. H-140 Capitol
House Armed Services holds a hearing on the fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization budget request. 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn
House Budget holds a series of hearings on revenue and economic policy proposals. 10 a.m., 210 Cannon
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations holds a hearing on a fungal meningitis outbreak. 10 a.m. 2123 Rayburn
Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing “Tax Fraud and Tax ID Theft: Moving Forward with Solutions.” 10 a.m. 215 Dirksen
House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit holds a hearing on how federal regulations affect small financial institutions. 10 a.m. 2128 Rayburn
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing titled “The Challenge of College Affordability: The Student Lens.” 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen
House Judiciary holds a hearing “Mismanagement at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.” 10 a.m. 2141 Rayburn
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights holds a hearing “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing.” 10 a.m. 226 Dirksen
House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for the Department of Labor. 10 a.m. 2358-C Rayburn
House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations holds a hearing on national monuments. 10 a.m. 1324 Longworth
House Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for the Department of Transportation. 10 a.m. 2358-A 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.