The Senate moves to executive session at 11:30 a.m. to consider the nomination of Patty Shwartz of New Jersey to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; it will hold a vote on the nomination at noon. The chamber recesses from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for caucus lunches. Pending in the Senate is a motion to proceed to a bill that would require a background check for every gun sale.
The House considers three measures under suspension of the rules, including one on hydropower development and one on the acquisition and protection of battlefields.
Convenes at 10 a.m.
Roll call votes expected.
Armed Services holds a hearing on U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Forces Korea in review of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization request. 9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen
Finance holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 10 a.m., 215 Dirksen
Energy and Natural Resources holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Ernest J. Moniz to be secretary of Energy. 10 a.m., 366 Dirksen
Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism holds a hearing on campaign finance law enforcement. 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen
Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet holds a hearing on the state of rural communications. 10:30 a.m., 253 Russell
Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities holds a hearing on emerging counterterrorism threats in review of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization request. 2:15 p.m., 222 Russell
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Sylvia M. Burwell to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. 2:30 p.m., 342 Dirksen
Intelligence holds a closed hearing on pending intelligence matters. 2:30 p.m., 219 Hart
HR 1033 ó Acquisition and protection of battlefields
Rules meets to consider rules for floor debate on hydropower development (HR 678). 5 p.m., H-313 Capitol
Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training holds a field hearing on the role of higher education in job growth. 9 a.m., 173 Administration Building, Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich.
Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations holds a hearing on human rights in China. 2 p.m., 2171 Rayburn
Oversight and Government Reform holds a hearing on a Government Accountability Office report on duplicative federal programs. 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn
Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2014 appropriations for the IRS. 3 p.m., 2359 Rayburn
Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health holds a hearing on animal drug application fee reauthorization. 4 p.m., 2123 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.