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This week in Congress: Mattis’ defense budget pitch

WASHINGTON — This week’s deployment of military personnel to Capitol Hill is lead by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who will appear before the House Armed Services Committee to discuss the president’s fiscal 2019 budget request.

That hearing is likely to wander into a host of other issues raised by House members, anxious about border security, Syrian instability and local base requests.

But Mattis’ appearance is just one of a dozen events to include testimony from defense officials before Congress. Committees will focus on cyber security, nuclear security, aviation and naval priorities and special forces requests.

Meanwhile, in preparation for confirmation hearings for the next Veterans Affairs secretary, senators will hold a confirmation hearing for the department’s top benefits official on Wednesday. The Veterans Benefits Administration has been without a permanent head since October 2015.

Monday, April 9

House Homeland Security — 11:30 a.m. — Texas
Hurricane Harvey lessons
Committee members will hold a field hearing in Texas to discuss the response to Hurricane Harvey, including military support to local rescue efforts.

Tuesday, April 10

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — Dirksen G-50
Transportation Command
Air Force Gen. Darren McDew, head of U.S. Transportation Command, will testify before the committee on the fiscal 2019 budget request.

Senate Foreign Relations — 10 a.m. — Dirksen 419
International corruption
Outside experts will testify before the committee on issue of threats to democracy and corruption in Western Hemisphere governments.

Wednesday, April 11

Senate Foreign Relations — 10 a.m. — Dirksen 419
Nominations
The committee will consider the nomination of Kirsten Madison to be assistant secretary of state and Thomas Hushek to be ambassador to South Sudan.

House Armed Services — 10 a.m. — Rayburn 2118
Cyber operations
Outside experts will testify before the committee on cyber threats facing American interests.

Senate Armed Services — 10 a.m. — Russell 232-A
Special Operations Command
Special operations officials from each of the four services will testify before the committee on the fiscal 2019 budget request.

Senate Appropriations — 10 a.m. — Dirksen 192
Missile defense
Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency, will testify before the committee on the fiscal 2019 budget request.

House Veterans' Affairs — 10:30 a.m. — Cannon 334
Pending legislation
The subcommittee on memorial affairs will consider a series of pending bills.

House Armed Services — 1:30 p.m. — Rayburn 2118
Member's priorities
House members will have an opportunity to offer their priorities to the committee for the upcoming annual defense authorization bill debate.

House Veterans' Affairs — 2 p.m. — Cannon 334
Pending legislation
The subcommittee on economic opportunity will consider a series of pending bills.

House Foreign Affairs — 2 p.m. — Rayburn 2172
North Korea
Outside experts will testify before the committee on North Korea’s latest diplomatic outreach efforts.

Senate Armed Services — 2:30 p.m. — Russell 222
Nuclear weapons
Defense department officials will testify before the committee on nuclear weapons policy and the fiscal 2019 budget request.

Senate Armed Services — 2:30 p.m. — Russell 232-A
Warfighter readiness
Service logistics and procurement officials will testify before the committee on the country’s defense industrial base and its effect on military readiness.

Senate Veterans' Affairs — 2:30 p.m. — Russell 418
Nominations
The committee will consider two nominations, including Paul Lawrence to be VA under secretary for benefits.

House Armed Services — 3:30 p.m. — Rayburn 2212
Cyber operations
Amd. Michael Rogers, head of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, will testify before the committee on cyber threats facing American interests.

Thursday, April 12

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — Dirksen G-50
Army
Secretary Of The Army Mark Esper and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley will testify before the committee on the fiscal 2019 budget request.

House Appropriations — 10 a.m. — Rayburn 2362-A
Military installations
Service installation and logistics officials will testify before the committee on the fiscal 2019 budget request.

House Armed Services — 10 a.m. — Rayburn 2118
Mattis and Dunford
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. will testify before the committee on the fiscal 2019 budget request.

House Armed Services — 2 p.m. — Rayburn 2212
Combat aviation programs
Aviation officials from the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps will testify before the committee on the fiscal 2019 budget request.

House Financial Services — 2 p.m. — Rayburn 2128
Foreign investment
The committee will hear from outside experts on national security risks associated with foreign investment issues.

House Oversight — 2 p.m. — Rayburn 2154
Border security
The committee will head from outside experts on national security risks posed by illegal immigration.

House Armed Services — 3:30 p.m. — Rayburn 2118
Navy capabilities
Navy development officials will discuss the concept of a 355-ship service and the fiscal 2019 budget request.

Friday, April 13

House Armed Services — 9 a.m. — Rayburn 2118
Military personnel
Service personnel officials will testify before the committee on the fiscal 2019 budget request.
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