The Senate convenes at 9:45 am ET, and at noon will hold a cloture vote on the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to be United States Circuit Judge for the D.C. Circuit. If cloture is invoked and debate ends, a final Roll Call vote will be held. The Senate is also expected to hold a cloture vote on the nomination of William Pryor to be a circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
Senate Republicans and Democrats hold their respective party lunches, complete with stakeouts, at 12:30 pm ET.
After Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist delivers remarks at a task force on HIV/AIDS at the Center for Strategic and International Studies at 8:30 am ET, he holds a dugout just off the Senate floor at 9:30 am ET.
Sens. Joe Biden (D-DE) Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) hold a news conference at 3:30 pm ET to ask moderate Republicans to vote against Judge Brown.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns testifies at the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee hearing on the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement at 9:30 am ET.
At 8:00 am, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) delivered a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Policy Insiders breakfast about key legislation pending before the committee and Congress including economic policy, international trade, Social Security and health care policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); Reps. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) and Sam Johnson (R-TX); and former Reps. Tim Penny (D-MN), Charlie Stenholm (D-TX), and Jim Slattery (D-KS) talk to college students about bipartisan cooperation on Social Security at the Capitol at 10:00 am ET. Penny and Stenholm talked Social Security on C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) holds his pen-and-pad briefing at 11:30 am ET.
The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing at 10:00 am ET to talk about the lessons that the United Airlines pension collapse holds for preventing new pension problems in the future. The CEOs of United, Northwest, and Delta Airlines are among those testifying, along with Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Congressional Budget Office.
Also at 10:00 am ET, the Senate Foreign relations Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Zalmay Khalilzad to be ambassador to Iraq.
At 2:30 pm ET, the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on immigration, border security, and citizenship examines security along the U.S.' Southern border.
The House meets at 2:00 pm ET.
At 2:00 pm ET, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and Joseph Crowley (D-NY) join Karen Pearl, interim president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Judith DeSarno, president and CEO of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association for a briefing on a new bill prohibiting pharmacists from refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control.
Speaking of birth control, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is pulling out the stops for a photo op tailor-made for the new 90-minute "Inside Politics": the group will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the court decision legalizing birth control in the U.S., Griswold v. Connecticut, with an event on Massachusetts Avenue outside Union Station featuring a giant birth control pill and pill pack (folks will be dressed in the big costumes and will hand out cupcakes to commemorate the anniversary).