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The House and Senate return this week following the Presidents’ Day recess…

The House and Senate return this week following the Presidents’ Day recess and are expected to continue working on passage of highway transportation funding bills.

Off the floor, budget hearings will continue with a parade of top Obama administration officials paying calls to their respective committees.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will makes two appearances to preview her funding requests — Wednesday morning before the House Appropriations Committee and that afternoon with Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) Foreign Relations Committee.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is also pulling double duty, testifying on the House side Tuesday with the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday.

Attorney General Eric Holder will lay out his budget request Tuesday with House appropriators.

On Thursday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on “Oversight of the Cruise Ship Industry: Are Current Regulations Sufficient to Protect Passengers and the Environment.”

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