The Senate resumes consideration of a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act for five years. At 11 a.m., senators begin voting on five amendments. The chamber then votes on final passage of the bill. After that vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for caucus lunches.
The House considers several measures under suspension of the rules: bills on hydropower improvements and hydroelectric licenses and projects, as well as a measure on grants to help veterans with military emergency medical training become EMTs.
The House and Senate hold a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
Armed Services votes on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense. 2:30 p.m., G-50 Dirksen
Armed Services holds a hearing on the effects of sequestration and/or a full-year continuing resolution on the Department of Defense. Deputy Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Comptroller Robert F. Hale testify. 9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen
Energy and Natural Resources meets to organize and adopt committee rules for the 113th Congress. 9:45 a.m., 366 Dirksen
Energy and Natural Resources holds a hearing on issues surrounding natural gas, including environmental implications, exports and effects on the economy. 10 a.m., 366 Dirksen
Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights holds a hearing on proposals to reduce gun violence. 10 a.m., 216 Hart
Budget holds a hearing on the budget and economic outlook prepared by the Congressional Budget Office. CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf testifies. 10:30 a.m., 608 Dirksen
Intelligence holds a closed hearing on pending intelligence matters. 2:30 p.m., 219 Hart
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.