The Senate resumes consideration of a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act for five years. At noon, Democrat William ďMoĒ Cowan of Massachusetts will be sworn in to temporarily fill former Democratic Sen. John Kerryís seat.
Judiciary marks up pending legislation and votes on pending nominations. 10:30 a.m., S-216 Capitol
Armed Services holds a hearing on the response of the Department of Defense to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will testify. 10 a.m., G-50 Dirksen
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions holds a hearing on No Child Left Behind and state flexibility wavers. 10 a.m., 216 Hart
Environment and Public Works holds an oversight hearing on the implementation of Army Corps of Engineers water resources policies. 10:30 a.m., 406 Dirksen
Intelligence holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of John O. Brennan to be CIA director. 2:30 p.m., 216 Hart
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.