Capitol Hill Happenings: Today in Congress

So remember yesterday when I said the Senate would vote on the House GOP's spending bill for the rest of the fiscal year? Well, they didn't. They didn't vote on a Democratic alternative measure either.

Wednesday is a new day though, and both plans will be on the floor in the afternoon. However, both are expected to fall short of the 60-vote threshold needed to proceed.

Democrats and Republicans would then have to figure out a way to bridge the nearly $52 billion gap between the two proposals. To that end, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., delivers a "major address" on a way forward on a budget deal at an off-campus think tank at 9:15 a.m. ET.

Are federal workers underpaid? That's the subject of a 1:30 p.m. ET House Oversight and Government Reform hearing. Many state governments have ascribed at least part of their budget woes to what they consider to be overly generous compensation packages for public employees. Members will hear if those charges have merit from government human resources professionals, union representatives, and think tank scholars.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on matters of border security, immigration, and citizenship at 10:00 a.m. ET.

House Republicans and Democrats hold separate closed-door strategy sessions in the morning. Each side will take questions from the media following their meeting.

A bipartisan pair of anti-war House lawmakers hope to introduce a resolution requiring a vote in Congress on ending the war in Afghanistan this year. Reps. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Walter Jones, R-N.C., say that public support for ending the conflict is strong and that the nation can no longer afford to borrow billions of dollars to support combat operations in the country.

At 11:00 a.m. ET, the House and Senate hold a joint meeting for an address by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. It's the first address to the 112th Congress by a foreign leader.

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