The House is expected to pass a bipartisan measure that would privatize the nation’s helium reserves through direct sales and periodic auctions.
After an hour for morning business, the Senate will recess for a senators-only briefing. When the chamber returns, senators will resume consideration of a bill that would allow states to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax on items sold to their residents.
Convenes at noon for legislative business.
First and last votes expected 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Senate Judiciary marks up legislation (S 607) on electronic privacy. 9:30 a.m. 226 Dirksen
House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity marks up legislation on the GI bill (HR 357), retraining of veterans (HR 562), veteran transitions (HR 631, HR 844), homeless veterans (HR 1305), veterans employment (HR 1316, HR 1412), the Paralympics (HR 1402) and work study for veterans (HR 1453). 10 a.m. 334 Cannon
House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific marks up legislation (HR 419) on Taiwan. 2 p.m. 2255 Rayburn
House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs marks up legislation on veterans with disabilites (HR 569, HR 570, HR 671, HR 894, HR 1405). 3 p.m. 334 Cannon
Senate Armed Services holds a hearing on the Navy in review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and the future years defense program. 8:30 a.m. 106 Dirksen
Senate Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for NASA. 9:30 a.m. 192 Dirksen
House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for American Indians and Alaskan Natives. 9:30 a.m. B-308 Rayburn
House Ways and Means holds a hearing on federal tax provisions that affect residential real estate. 9:30 a.m. 1100 Longworth
House Foreign Affairs holds a hearing on the fiscal 2014 budget request for U.S. foreign assistance priorities and strategy. 9:45 a.m. 2172 Rayburn
House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for Department of Agriculture Rural Development. 10 a.m. 2362-A Rayburn
House Armed Services hold a hearing on the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization budget request for the Army. 10 a.m. 2118 Rayburn
House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for the Defense Health Program. 10 a.m. 2358-C Rayburn
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health holds a hearing “Securing Our Nation’s Prescription Drug Supply Chain.” 10 a.m. 2322 Rayburn
Senate Energy and Natural Resources holds a hearing on the effects of drought on energy and water management. 10 a.m. 366 Dirksen
House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for the Department of Treasury. 10 a.m. 2359 Rayburn
House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence holds a hearing titled “Counterterrorism Efforts to Combat a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Attack on the Homeland.” 10 a.m. 311 Cannon
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations holds a hearings on the geolocation privacy and surveillance in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. 10 a.m. 2141 Rayburn
House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services. 10 a.m. 2358-C Rayburn
House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources holds a hearing “U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement and Steps Needed for Implementation.” 10 a.m. 1324 Longworth
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.