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This week in Congress: Spending bills, drone hearing

The House Armed Services Committee will examine defense sequestration impacts on U.S. businesses, and the House Natural Resources Committee will markup a bill to replace a plan by the Obama administration to limit drilling.

Congress will start turning its attention to the 12 annual spending bills to get as many of the measures passed as they can before their summer vacation/reelection campaign begins in earnest in August.

It is likely the House or Senate may turn to defense spending and other issues this week that are complicated by sequestration.

The Senate has also signaled it will turn to cybersecurity issues this month, and the House is preparing to pass the massive farm bill.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says they will take up a measure to extend former President George W. Bush‚??s tax cuts before the August break, while in the Senate Democrats are having a harder time bringing up a more limited tax break measure for a vote.

Committee schedules are packed this week. On Tuesday the House Foreign Affairs Committee will look at the global challenges on Lyme disease.

The House Financial Services Committee will examine monetary policy and the state of the economy on Wednesday and the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on facial recognition technology and civil liberty issues.

Also on Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee will examine defense sequestration impacts on U.S. businesses, and the House Natural Resources Committee will markup a bill to replace a plan by President Barack Obama to limit drilling on the outer continental shelf.

A transportation subcommittee will hold a hearing titled ‚??A Decade After 9/11, Could American Flight Schools Still Unknowingly Be Training Terrorists?‚?Ě and the House Homeland Security Committee will examine the use of unmanned aerial systems.

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events‚?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey‚??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co

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