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The Senate Week Ahead

From NBC's Ken Strickland
On Wednesday, General David Petraeus returns to Capitol Hill to discuss the president's new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy. He'll testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in his role as the Centcom commander. Also testifying will be Michele Flournoy, the under secretary of Defense for Policy.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will have two confirmation hearings next week to become HHS secretary. On Tuesday, she'll appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension Committee (which is a courtesy hearing because it doesn't approve the nomination). And on Thursday, Sebelius has her official hearing before the Finance Committee.

There are a couple of financial oversight, follow-the-money-type hearings that could generate some fireworks since fiscal accountability became all the rage. On Tuesday, the Finance Committee will get a six-month update on TARP spending from a panel that includes the TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky. 

And the Homeland Security/Governmental Affairs Committee will hear the administration's plan on how it will keep track of the billions being spent in the stimulus bill. OMB deputy Rob Nabors and Inspector General Earl Devaney will be the witnesses in this Thursday hearing.

The Senate's version of the budget resolution moves to the floor Monday, and is expected to consume the week's legislative activity before Congress begins a two-week recess on April 6.