President Donald Trump’s latest pick to take over as defense secretary will get his Senate confirmation hearing this week — if the White House gets its paperwork in on time.

As of Sunday, administration officials still hadn’t filed all of the needed paperwork for Mark Esper’s confirmation hearing, scheduled for Tuesday. Esper became Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon after his previous choice, then acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, withdrew from the process last month.

Senate Armed Services Committee members have already agreed to waive the normal seven-day wait between the paperwork filing and the hearing date, but the White House will still need to get it filed on Monday to keep the hearing on schedule.

Senate leaders (and a Pentagon officials) hope to have the nomination finalized before the start of the August congressional recess. The Pentagon has been without a permanent leader since Jan. 1, the longest stretch since the head of the Department of Defense became a Cabinet position.

Tuesday, July 16

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — G-50 Dirksen
The committee will consider the nomination of Mark Esper to be Defense Secretary.

House Foreign Affairs — 2 p.m. — 2172 Rayburn
Russian Disinformation
Outside experts will testify on Russian interference in foriegn elections.

Senate Foreign Relations — 2:30 p.m. — 419 Dirksen
State Department officials will testify on current U.S. policy towards Iraq and the Middle East.

Wednesday, July 17

Senate Homeland Security — 9:15 a.m. — 342 Dirksen
Southern border migration
Members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council will testify on the security situation at the U.S. southern border.

House Veterans' Affairs — 10 a.m. — Visitors Center H210
Pending legislation
The subcommittee on economic opportunity will consider a series of bills.

Senate Foreign Relations — 2:30 p.m. — 419 Dirksen
The committee will consider the nomination of Michelle Bekkering to be assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.

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