At approximately 11:00 a.m. ET, the Senate will vote on a House-passed short-term spending bill. The measure would fund the government for the next two weeks. It's next step would be the president's desk.

As the Senate takes care of the budget for the next two weeks, a host of committees will hear about the Obama administration's fiscal plans for the next year.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen discuss their agency's budget with a House Appropriations subcommittee at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at 9:30 a.m. ET and the Appropriations Committee at 2:00 p.m. ET.

We expect Gates, Mullen, and Clinton speak with members of Congress about the situation in Libya and the broader Middle East as well.

Energy, and specifically oil and gas prices, will be the thrust of two other budget hearings Wednesday. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will likely face some tough questions from Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at 10:00 a.m. ET. GOPers have been critical of the pace at which new oil drilling permits have been approved since last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Some Democrats have been calling on the president to release some oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ease the pain at the pump caused by $100 a barrel oil. Energy Secretary Steven Chu speaks with the Senate Budget Committee on his agency's request for 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also pulls double duty, appearing before House and Senate appropriators in morning and afternoon sessions.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke returns to Capitol Hill to discuss the economy and monetary policy with the House Financial Services Committee at 10:00 a.m. ET.

In non-monetary matters, Goodwin Liu, one of President Obama's most controversial judicial nominees, gets a second hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 3:00 p.m. ET. Liu is attempting to become a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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