Senate Armed Services confirmation hearing on Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. for reappointment to general and to be commander of International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. 9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on the recent fungal meningitis outbreak, with FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg and Barry Cadden, the owner and director of pharmacy at the facility tied to the outbreak. 9:45 a.m., 106 Dirksen
House Foreign Affairs hearing on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn Bldg.
House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing on weapons of mass destruction. 10 a.m., 210 Cannon
House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security hearing on the Transportation Security Administration. 10 a.m., 311 Cannon
House Science, Space and Technology hearing on the U.S. Antarctic program. 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn
House Veteransí Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity hearing on veteran employment challenges. 10 a.m., 334 Cannon
Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on a draft water policy bill. 10:30 a.m., 406 Dirksen
Senate Special Aging hearing on preventing financial abuse of the elderly. 2 p.m., 562 Dirksen
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.