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Today at a Glance: Feb. 13, 2013

The Senate begins debate on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense.

The House considers a bill that would clarify that houses of worship are eligible for disaster relief. The chamber also votes on legislation to improve hydropower.


Convenes at 10 a.m.

No votes expected.


Health, Education, Labor and Pensions marks up pending legislation on pandemic and hazards preparedness (HR 307) and on educating mothers who have prematurely born infants. 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen

Foreign Relations marks up a resolution (S Res 12) recognizing the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. 3 p.m., S-116 Capitol


Judiciary holds a hearing on a comprehensive immigration overhaul. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies. 9:30 a.m., 216 Hart

Finance holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Jacob J. Lew to be secretary of the Treasury. 10 a.m., 215 Dirksen

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs holds a hearing on U.S. Postal Service problems. 10 a.m., 342 Dirksen

Budget holds a hearing on the effects of budget decisions on families and communities. 10:30 a.m., 608 Dirksen

Judiciary holds a confirmation hearing on pending nominations. 3:15 p.m., 226 Dirksen

The following committees meet to organize and adopt committee rules for the 113th Congress:

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions10 a.m. 430 Dirksen

Rules10 a.m., 301 Russell

Commerce, Science and Transportation2:30 p.m., 253 Russell

Foreign Relations3 p.m., S-116 Capitol

Small Business and Entrepreneurship4 p.m., 428-A Russell


Convenes at noon for legislative business.

First and last votes expected: 1-2 p.m.

Under suspension of the rules:

HR 592 — Disaster assistance for houses of worship

HR 267 — Hydropower improvements


Rules meets to consider rules for floor debate for a bill to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for federal employees (HR 273). 3 p.m., H-313 Capitol


Armed Services holds a hearing on the effects of sequestration on the Department of Defense. Deputy Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey testify. 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn

Budget holds a hearing on the budget and economic outlook prepared by the Congressional Budget Office. CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf testifies. 10 a.m., 210 Cannon

Homeland Security holds a hearing on homeland threats. 10 a.m., 311 Cannon

Financial Services holds a hearing on the financial situation at the Federal Housing Administration. 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn

Veterans’ Affairs holds a hearing on overcoming barriers to mental health care for veterans. 10 a.m., 334 Cannon

Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions holds a hearing on the future of the National Labor Relations Board after the Supreme Court’s Noel Canning decision. 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations holds a hearing on the current influenza season. 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn

Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy holds a hearing on the outlook for American energy. 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn

Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security holds a hearing on U.S. assistance in Afghanistan. 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing on satellite broadcast issues. 10:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn

Transportation and Infrastructure holds a hearing on the federal role in infrastructure. 11 a.m., 2167 Rayburn

Small Business holds a hearing on the state of the small-business economy. 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn

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