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Posted at 7 a.m. on June 15, 2014
Anyone who wanted to could visit multiple congressional hearings or think tank events related to Iraq, Afghanistan or both every day this week. The headline event? House floor consideration of the annual defense spending bill. Oh, and on Friday, President Barack Obama meets with the prime minister of New Zealand, land of Flight of the Conchords, although they’re not expected to join forces with the United States on … Iraq.
On Monday morning, a number of high-ranking officials from Turkey — which shares a border with hot spots Syria and Iraq — will be at the center of the Middle East Institute’s annual conference on the country.
Tuesday: In the morning, George Washington University hosts a discussion in the morning on “American Foreign Policy After Afghanistan and Iraq.” And a House Appropriations subcommittee considers the annual fiscal 2015 State-Foreign Operations spending bill in the afternoon. The House Rules Committee will get a look at prospective amendments to the fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill Tuesday night.
On Wednesday, all the biggest action is on the Hill. Besides floor debate for the Defense spending bill in the House and a scheduled vote on moving to House-Senate negotiations on a bill the Senate passed in response to the Veterans Affairs health care scandal, the day brings a couple more big congressional hearings, first with the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing from both Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; then, with the Senate Foreign Relations panel hearing from top State and Defense officials on Afghanistan.
At noon Thursday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts some key lawmakers for a talk entitled “Sustaining America’s Enduring Role in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Congressional Perspective,” and an hour later, the Atlantic Council hears from the German defense minister and others for “Security In and Around Europe.” The Hill stays involved with a Senate Appropriations subcommittee mark up of its version of the fiscal 2015 State-Foreign Operations spending bill, while the Senate Armed Services Committee has a hearing on the nominations of a number of meaningful Defense Department nominees.
The House Veterans Affairs Committee on Friday will hold a “Review of Awarding Bonuses to Senior Executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.”