Representatives from the Department of Defense and State Department will testify before the subcommittee.

U.S. and Pakistan relations have worsened since the United States killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden while he was hiding in Pakistan. The U.S. government didn’t get approval from Pakistan to execute the mission. As the war has progressed, terrorist networks from Afghanistan have spilled into Pakistan, making it hard for U.S. troops to fight along the border.

Also on Thursday, the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneur Committee will assess how the federal government can help small businesses that were affected by Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Northeast this fall. 

Details on these and other notable Senate hearings follow:

Senate Banking

- Dec. 11, “Streamlining and Strengthening HUD’s Rental Housing Assistance Programs”

10:30 a.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Finance

- Dec. 12, “Tax Reform and Federal Energy Policy: Incentives to Promote Energy Efficiency”

10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- Dec. 13, “Improving Care for Dually-Eligible Beneficiaries: A Progress Update”

10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Foreign Relations

The Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs

- Dec. 13, “Terrorist Networks in Pakistan and the Proliferation of IEDs”

10 a.m., 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Judiciary

- Dec. 12, “Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline"

2 p.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Small Business

- Dec. 13, “Hurricane Sandy: Assessing the Federal Response and Small Business Recovery Efforts”

10 a.m., 428A Russell Senate Office Building