Washington Daybook: Rosa Parks

President Obama will unveil in the Capitol a likeness of Rosa Parks, whose challenge of Alabama segregation laws epitomized the civil rights movement.

Across the street, at the Supreme Court, the debate over the rights of minorities continues, as Shelby County, Alabama, asks the justices to end the requirement in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that all or parts of 16 states, including virtually the entire South, get federal approval before making any changes in election procedures, even to move a polling place.

The father of a six-year-old boy slain in the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings and an emergency worker who treated victims after the December massacre will testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee today in support of gun legislation introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat.

Two days from a threatened budget sequestration, TSA head John Pistole discusses the impact of budget cuts on flight schedules at a House Appropriation panel hearing. Another House Appropriations subcommittee hears from CBO Director Doug Elmendorf on the federal budget. And House Republicans led by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, hold news conference on the national debt.

Obama addresses a Business Council dinner tonight, where he’ll take questions on the sequester and the economy.

On Capitol Hill, the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing today to examine the legality of drone strikes targeting U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism. The House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on transition in Afghanistan. 2118 Rayburn. Senate Intelligence ranking member Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, joins an American Enterprise Institute discussion on Al-Qaeda.

Also today, the Credit Union National Association holds its annual Governmental Affairs Conference, with speakers incl. CFPB Director Richard Cordray and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican. CFTC chief Gary Gensler will brief the Senate Agriculture Committee on the agency’s behind-schedule efforts to write rules mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law to overhaul of financial regulation. And Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, participates in a Washington Institute for Near East Policy discussion on Iran, Syria and Obama’s efforts in Arab-Israeli peace.

Cary O’Reilly, Laura Curtis and and Chelsea Mes contributed to this report.


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