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Capitol Hill Happenings: Today in Congress

Health care takes center stage yet again on Capitol Hill.

Senate Republicans, emboldened by Monday's federal court ruling against the new health care law, plan to step up their efforts to overturn the overhaul. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduce legislation at a 12:00 p.m. ET news conference to allow states to "opt-out" of three of the major provisions of Obamacare: the individual mandate, employer mandate, and the expansion of Medicaid. Graham and Barrasso believe enough states would opt out to effectively kill the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to renew a push to hold a vote on the House-passed health care repeal bill, and a Senate bill to repeal the law has the support of all 47 Republican senators, according to its author Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

We expect McConnell to talk about his plans to try to bring up a repeal vote, as well as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's, D-Nev., thoughts on bringing up such a bill at their post policy luncheon media availabilities in the early afternoon.

The Senate Budget Committee holds a hearing on the budget and economic outlook for the next ten fiscal years. The United States is expected to run a budget deficit of nearly $1.5 trillion, the largest in the nation's history.

In an attempt to reverse that trend, a bipartisan collection of senators led by Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., unveil legislation to force Congress to cap all federal spending to a declining percentage of the nation's gross domestic product over a 10 year time frame.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., discusses the effect continued political instability in Egypt may have on the changing U.S. mission in Iraq with Ambassador James Jeffrey and Gen. Lloyd James Austin, the Commanding General of U.S. forces in Iraq.

Though it receives less press than the southern border, a new GAO report details security gaps along the nation's northern dividing line. Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Me., discuss what is needed to keep the nation's northern limit secure at a 12:00 p.m. ET newser.

We'll be following all these stories and more, so stay with Fox News for all the latest.