Congressional Calendar Wednesday February 3, 2010

Senate Democrats travel to the Newseum as part of their issues conference retreat. Since it worked so well for him with House Republicans in Baltimore on Friday, at 10:00a President Barack Obama will again deliver remarks and take questions from members. Fox News will bring it to you live.

The treatment of terror detainees is the topic of a Heritage Foundation keynote speech by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at 1100. He will argue against the administration’s current approach, and put forth an alternative strategy that “focus(es) on preventing future terrorist attacks.”

Director of national Intelligence Dennis C. Blair testifies House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. We expect information on terror threats worldwide, as well as information about the intelligence gained from the alleged “underpants bomber” Farouk Abdulmutallab. Fox News’ Catherine Herridge monitors.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is back to talk about President Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget in front of the House Ways and Means Committee, the starting point for legislation that deals with taxation. Geithner’s reception at Tuesday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing was less than warm, expect that sentiment to continue in the House of Representatives.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen also travel back to talk about the budget. They will be appearing before the House Armed Services Committee at 10:00a.