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House - meets at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
Senate - meets at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.


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    In the Committees - Thursday, March 23, 2017

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    • Armed Services - Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, hearing entitled "High Consequences and Uncertain Threats: Reviewing Department of Defense Strategy, Policy, and Programs for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction for Fiscal Year 2018." 2118 RHOB. (10:30-Open)
    • Judiciary - Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, hearing entitled "Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017." 2141 RHOB. (9:00-Open)
    • Oversight & Govt Reform - Full Committee, hearing entitled, "Legislative Proposals for Fostering Transparency." 2154 RHOB. (9:00-Open)
    • Small Business - Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade, hearing entitled, "The Future of America's Small Family Farms." 2360 RHOB. (10:00-Open)
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    • Agriculture - Hearings to examine the nomination of Sonny Perdue, of Georgia, to be Secretary of Agriculture. SR-325 (10:00 AM)
    • Armed Services - Hearings to examine United States European Command. SD-G50 (09:30 AM)
    • Armed Services - Hearings to examine Department of Defense civilian personnel reform. SR-232A (02:30 PM)
    • Banking - Hearings to examine the nomination of Jay Clayton, of New York, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. SD-538 (09:30 AM)
    • Commerce - Hearings to examine FAA reauthorization, focusing on perspectives on improving airport infrastructure and aviation manufacturing. SR-253 (10:00 AM)
    • Intelligence - Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters. SH-219 (02:00 PM)
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