Senators set to grill intelligence officials on surveillance programs

Lawmakers have grown increasingly critical over the NSA after reports were leaked that the agency has been using its surveillance program against U.S. citizens.

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On Tuesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled, “The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Government Clearances and Background Checks.”

Earlier this month, a Naval officer with security clearance fatally shot 12 Navy Yard employees before law enforcement officers shot and killed him. At the hearing, senators will examine if more can be done to ensure people with criminal backgrounds and mental health issues don’t have access to government facilities and operations.

Details on these and other committee hearings follow:

Senate Agriculture

— Oct. 3, “Advanced Biofuels: Creating Jobs and Lower Prices at the Pump

9:30 a.m., 328A Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

— Oct. 1, “Housing Finance Reform: Fundamentals of a Functioning Private Label Mortgage Backed Securities Market”

10 a.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

— Oct. 2, “Rebuilding American Manufacturing”

2:30 p.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Energy and Natural Resource

— Oct. 1, “To consider the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement”

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

Senate Environment and Public Works

— Oct. 2, “Natural Resource Adaptation: Protecting Ecosystems and Economies”

10 a.m., 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Foreign Relations

— Oct. 1, “Vote on Nomination of Caroline Kennedy to be Ambassador to Japan”

2:15 p.m., 116 Capitol Building

— Oct. 3, “Nominations”

2:30 p.m., 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

— Oct. 2, “Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013, CHIMP Act Amendments of 2013, H.R. 2094, Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2013, and Nominations”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

— Oct. 1, “The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Government Clearances and Background Checks”

10:30 a.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

— Oct. 2, “Nominations”

10 a.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

— Oct. 3, “Threats to the Homeland”

10 a.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Judiciary

— Oct. 2, “Continued Oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

— Oct. 3, “Nominations”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building 

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