The Senate returns in the morning, still in its first legislative day of the session.
Thursday marks the end of the timeline Majority Leader Harry Reid set out for reaching an agreement with Republicans on Senate rules changes. Reid previously said he would move rules changes with a simple majority vote if no agreement is reached.
If senators reach a deal on rules, they could take up the Sandy disaster aid bill as early as Thursday — although they could also leave for the weekend without taking any votes.
The House is expected to reconvene Feb. 4.
Not in session.
Returns at 9:30 a.m.
Roll call votes possible.
Senate Foreign Relations holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of John Kerry to be secretary of State. 10 a.m., 216 Hart
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions holds a hearing on the state of the country’s mental health system, including issues related to gun violence. 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen
Senate Intelligence holds a closed hearing on pending intelligence matters. 2:30 p.m., 219 Hart
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.