Capitol Hill Happenings: Today in Congress

Happy St. Patrick's Day! On the Senate Floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., probably won't need the luck of the Irish to get enough votes to pass a three-week temporary spending bill to keep the government running past Friday. The measure passed the House on Tuesday.

On the House floor, Republicans plan to hold a vote on a bill to prohibit direct federal funding of National Public Radio (NPR). It would also bar public radio stations from using government money to purchase programming from NPR for broadcasts. Supporters say it's time for the company to stand on its own two feet. Critics say that it would harm radio stations in rural areas, which use NPR for news broadcasts and other content.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the recent popular uprisings in the Middle East. Kerry, viewed by many as a preeminent voice on international affairs, has called on the global community to assist the rebels in Libya trying to depose dictator Muammar Qaddafi. A resolution in the United Nations to institute a no-fly zone over the country is still pending and could be blocked by China or Russia.

Continued instability in the region has helped to drive oil prices to near-record highs. The House Natural Resources Committee plans to discuss ways to counter the pain at the pump that many Americans are feeling with a panel of economic and energy experts at 10:00 a.m. ET.

House Democrats say happy birthday to the health care law they ushered through Congress last year at an 11:15 a.m. ET press conference.

Irish eyes will be smiling on Capitol Hill as the Prime Minister of the Emerald Isle Enda Kenny attends a St. Patrick's Day Luncheon with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. After a formal departure ceremony (there are bagpipes involved), Kenny will hold a media availability with proud Irish-American Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

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