By Julian Pecquet - 07/17/12 11:00 AM EDT
And the House will vote on Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-Calif.) United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which extends existing loan guarantees through 2015 to help Israel arm itself against Iran and other regional foes.
Hollywood on the Hill: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on human trafficking, along with two other advocates.
In other hearings, the Senate Homeland Security panel's subcommittee on investigations examines U.S. vulnerabilities to money laundering, drugs and terrorist financing. The House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on global health tackles the global challenge in fighting Lyme disease. And the Senate Intelligence panel holds one of its regular closed-door sessions.
In other news:
The Pentagon is building a missile-defense radar station at a secret site in Qatar and organizing its biggest-ever minesweeping exercises in the Persian Gulf, as preparations accelerate for a possible flare-up with Iran, The Wall Street Journal reports.
India has formally asked that the United Arab Emirates investigate the fatal shooting of an Indian fisherman by a U.S. Navy ship in waters off Dubai. [Al Jazeera]
Iraq is not liable for the end of two oil-for-food contracts dating from the Saddam Hussein regime, a divided U.S. federal appeals court ruled. [Reuters]
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