In the Senate, John Kerry, D-Mass., gives his farewell address at 2:30 p.m. as he departs for his new role as secretary of State. The Senate expects to complete action on the debt limit legislation (HR 325) before the end of the week.
The House is in recess.
Convenes at 9:30 a.m.
Judiciary holds a hearing on gun violence. Witnesses include Americans for Responsible Solutions co-founder Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was the victim of gun violence in January 2011, and National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. 10 a.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.