Today starts with a key House hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, moves to a budget and farm bill conference, includes votes on Dodd-Frank and the debt ceiling, and ends in a dramatic World Series Game Six in Boston.
The Sebelius hearing starts at 9 a.m. in the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Members will ask her about the failed ObamaCare rollout, press her to delay it, and may even ask her openly to resign.
By the end of the day, you will read more than one press account saying she was "grilled" at the hearing.
Legislatively, the House will start work in the afternoon on H.R. 992, the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act. This bill would expand the ability of banks to use swaps as financial tools for hedging risk — under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, many swaps trades would have to be handled by non-bank institutions.
The House approved the rule for this bill on Tuesday. All that's left is an hour of debate and then a vote, as no amendments were made in order.
Also up today is a vote on a resolution disapproving of President Obama's decision to suspend the debt ceiling. The vote on H.J.Res. 99 will give Republicans a chance to vent against Obama's decision, but it won't mean much else, as the Senate already rejected a similar resolution on Tuesday.
The Senate starts at 9:30 a.m., and at 10:30 a.m. it will hold a procedural vote on the nomination of Alan Estevez to be a principal deputy undersecretary of Defense.
A successful vote will start eight hours of debate on Estevez. Once the Senate disposes of that nomination, the Senate will move to other nominees for whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed motions to end debate on Monday.
They are Katherine Archuleta to be director of the Office of Personnel Management, Jack Lew to be a governor of the International Monetary Fund, Mel Watt to be director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Patricia Millett to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia.