Congressional Calendar June 16, 2010

The day after President Obama delivered his first Oval Office address the BP oil spill is at the top of the Capitol Hill agenda. The Senate Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on the financial challenges surrounding the recovery effort. Gulf Coast residents make the trip to Washington to tell Congress that there is a need for a new energy strategy. After trips to their members’ offices, they will hold a media availability at 3:00 p.m. ET.

CENTCOM Commander Gen. David Petraeus gets a do-over before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan at 9:00 a.m. ET. Petraeus met with the committee Tuesday, but had to leave after feeling faint and passing out at the witness table. In the afternoon, he talks with the House Armed Services Committee about the same topic.

President Obama’s defense team meets with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense to talk about the FY 2011 budget. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen are set to detail what the Pentagon needs, and does not need, in the years ahead.

House and Senate leadership meet in the historic Rayburn Room on the House side of the Capitol to unveil plaques to recognize the contributions of enslaved African Americans in the Construction of the Capitol building at 3:00 p.m. ET. Hundreds of slaves worked as carpenters, masons, roofers, and in other occupations to build the marble palace that stands as the cornerstone of our democracy.

We’re also expecting developments on a tax break extension bill and more so stay with Fox News for the latest.