Judiciary Committee set to grill Holder

Senators will be able to grill U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder next week at a Judiciary Committee hearing.

On Wednesday, the Senate committee will hold a hearing on oversight of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other Republicans will likely call on Holder to take more aggressive action against those at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny when applying for nonprofit status. Cruz has complained that no one has been prosecuted yet.

Republicans have criticized Holder on numerous other issues, so he is expected to face tough questioning.

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) should have a much easier time answering questions during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider whether Baucus should become the next U.S. ambassador to China. He is expected to coast through the confirmation process.

Details on these and other Senate hearings follow:

Senate Armed Services

- Jan. 28, “Recent Changes to the U.S. Military Retirement System”

9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

- Jan. 28, “Oversight and Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States”

10 a.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Subcommittee on Economic Policy

- Jan. 29, “The Annual Report and Oversight of the Office of Financial Research”

3:30 p.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation

- Jan. 30, “West Coast and Western Pacific Perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization”

10 a.m., 253 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Energy and Natural Resources 

- Jan. 28, “The Critical Minerals Policy Act”

10 a.m., 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- Jan. 30, “U.S. crude oil exports: Opportunities and Challenges”

9:30 a.m., 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Environment and Public Works

- Jan. 30, “NRC’s Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations and other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety”

10 a.m., 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Finance

- Jan. 30, “Nomination of Karen Dynan to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Foreign Relations

- Jan. 28, “Nominations”

10 a.m., 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

- Jan. 29,“Nominations”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Indian Affairs

- Jan. 29, “S. 919”

9:30 a.m., 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Judiciary

- Jan. 28, “Judicial Nominations”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- Jan. 29, “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Rules and Administration

- Jan. 29, “Improving Voter Registration and Voting Opportunities for Military and Overseas Voters”

10 a.m., 301 Russell Senate Office Building