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AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Wednesday, April 17



10 a.m. ELLISON, NORTON - FINANCIAL TRANSACTION TAX LEGISLATION — News Conference in support of The Inclusive Prosperity Act, a financial transaction tax sponsored by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), expected to be reintroduced next week . Organizers say that Rep. Ellison will be there as well. Contacts: Carl Ginsburg, 917 405-1060 or Charles Idelson, 415-559-8991

Location: House Elm Tree. (Originally slated for 1416 Longworth.)

Notes: There will be a rally and march in support as well on Saturday.

10 a.m. SPEIER - RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT - MILITARY — Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) will re-introduce legislation to overhaul the military judicial system and its procedures for handling cases of rape and sexual assault.

Location: House Triangle.

Contacts: Jenny Werwa, (202-225-3531)

10:45 a.m. MALONEY - DISABLED VETERANS - RED TAPE — 10:45 a.m. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to announce introduction of the Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act with Edward Kackos, a Vietnam veteran in the 18th Congressional district who initially applied for a VA disability claim in March 2011, and Tom Tarantino, Chief Policy Officer of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America DIAL IN: Conference Dial-in Number: (605) 475-4000, Participant Access Code: 605728 RSVP to Stephanie Formas at 202-225-0415 or

11 a.m. CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL — Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate will award the Congressional Gold Medal to Professor Muhammad Yunus in recognition of his efforts to combat global poverty. Congress voted to award the medal to Professor Yunus in 2010. The Gold Medal represents Congresss highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.

Location: Rotunda of the United States Capitol.

Notes: Note: All TV crews with equipment can access the Rotunda as early as 7:30 a.m. ET tomorrow morning for set up. All TV crews must have equipment in place no later than 9:30 a.m. ET for the security sweep in the Capitol Rotunda. All media must be credentialed through the appropriate media gallery.

1:30 p.m. WOLF - WOODS - BENGHAZI — Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA); Representatives Brooks; Hunter and Smtih hold a press conference with Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, one of the four Americans who died in the Benghazi attack last year.

Location: House Triangle (near the Capitol steps on the Independence Avenue side).



10 a.m. — The House will meet for morning hour and at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Rep. Mike Rogers (MI) - Intelligence) (Subject to a Rule). First votes expected: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.



9 a.m. ENERGY & COMMERCE — Markup to consider: H.R. 1549, the "Helping Sick Americans Now Act; H.R. __, a bill to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance; and H.R. 3, the "Northern Route Approval Act.

Location: 2123 Rayburn.

9:30 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Public and Outside Witness Hearing.

Location: B-308 Rayburn.

9:30 a.m. FOREIGN AFFAIRS — Securing U.S. Interests Abroad: The FY 2014 Foreign Affairs Budget. with John F. Kerry, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State.

Location: 2172 Rayburn.

Notes: Time changed from 10 a.m.

9:30 a.m. OVERSIGHT & GOVERNMENT REFORM — Full committee hearing, "Options to Bring the Postal Service Back from Insolvency."

Location: 2154 Rayburn.

10 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Subcommittee on Homeland Security Budget Hearing - Customs and Border Protection. Witnesses: Michael Fisher, Chief, Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection; Randolph Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Air and Marine, Customs and Border Protection; Kevin McAleenan, Acting Deputy Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection.

Location: 2359 Rayburn.

10 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Budget Hearing - Department of Housing and Urban Development with Shaun Donovan, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Location: 2358-A Rayburn.

10 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Budget Hearing - Department of Agriculture Research, Education, and Economics. Witnesses: Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, Department of Agriculture; Dr. Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist, Department of Agriculture; Michael Young, Budget Officer, Department of Agriculture.

Location: 2362-A Rayburn.

10 a.m. ARMED SERVICES — Full Committee Hearing, "Recent Developments in Afghanistan." Witness: General Joseph Dunford, USMC, Commander, International Security and Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan.

Location: 2118 Rayburn.

10 a.m. EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE — Full committee hearing on H.R. 1406, "Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013".

Location: 2175 Rayburn.

10 a.m. FINANCIAL SERVICES — Full committee holds a hearing on impediments to private capital in the housing finance system.

Location: 2128 Rayburn.

10 a.m. NATURAL RESOURCES — Full committee Hearing: Oversight Hearing on "State Lands vs. Federal Lands Oil and Gas Production: What State Regulators are doing right.

Location: 1324 Longworth.

10 a.m. SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY — Full Committee Hearing, "A Review of President's FY 2014 Budget Request for Science Agencies." Witness: John Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President.

Location: 2318 Rayburn.

10:30 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee hearing on the Federal Bureau of Prisons with Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr.

Location: H-309 The Capitol.

10:30 a.m. TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE — Hearing on on whether billions of dollars in proposed new federal courthouse construction is justified. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will release a new report in conjunction with the Committees hearing.

Location: 2167 Rayburn.

1 p.m. SMALL BUSINESS — Full committee hearing on The Health Care Law: Implementation and Small Businesses.

Location: 2360 Rayburn.

2 p.m. APPROPRIATIONS — State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing on the Department of State with Secretary of State John Kerry.

Location: 2359 Rayburn.

2 p.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing on the Department of State with Secretary of State John Kerry.

2 p.m. ARMED SERVICES — Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces Hearing, "Fiscal Year 2014 Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Combat Aviation Programs." Witnesses: Lieutenant General Charles R. Davis, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquistion; Lieutenant General Burt Field, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, U.S. Air Force; Rear Admiral Bill Moran, Director of the Air Warfare Division, U.S. Navy; Lieutenant General Robert E. Schmidle, Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Aviation, U.S. Marine Corps; Vice Admiral W. Mark Skinner, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition), U.S. Navy; Michael J. Sullivan, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing, U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Location: 2212 Rayburn.

2 p.m. FINANCIAL SERVICES — Oversight and Investigations Hearing entitled "Examining the SECs Failure to Implement the JOBS Act and its Impact on Economic Growth.

Location: 2128 Rayburn.

2 p.m. OVERSIGHT & GOVERNMENT REFORM — Subcommittee on National Security Hearing, "Contracting to Feed U.S. Troops in Afghanistan: How did the Defense Department end up in a Multi-Billion Dollar Billing Dispute?"

Location: 2154 Rayburn.

2 p.m. SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY — Subcommittee on Research Hearing, "An Overview of the National Science Foundation Budget for Fiscal Year 2014." Witnesses:Cora Marrett, Acting Director, National Science Foundation; Dan Arvizu, Chairman, National Science Board.

Location: 2318 Rayburn.

3:30 p.m. ARMED SERVICES — Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Hearing, "Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Special Operations Forces." Witnesses: Admiral William McRaven Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command; Michael Sheehan, ASD Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Location: 2118 Rayburn.

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