House Armed Services Committee members will hold their marathon mark-up of the annual defense authorization bill on Wednesday, an event that is expected to last more than 12 hours and feature some contentious military policy debates.

Unlike the Senate Armed Services Committee, which conducted the majority of its work behind closed doors last month, the House panel has a tradition of a lengthy public negotiation for the budget policy bill.

Although the work includes discussion of several heated topics — transgender recruits and nuclear weapons stocks are expected to be among the most problematic — the final product typically leaves the committee with strong bipartisan backing.

Both chambers could pass those committee drafts by the end of the month, giving staff most of the summer to work out a compromise deal between Democrat-led policies from the House and Republican-favored ones in the Senate.

Tuesday, June 11

House Veterans' Affairs — 10 a.m. — Visitors Center H210
VA's Police Force
Department officials will testify on security forces at VA facilities and challenges they face.

House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — 2172 Rayburn
Nicaragua
Outside experts will testify on human rights issues in Nicaragua.

House Appropriations — 10:30 a.m. — 2359 Rayburn
Homeland Security budget
The committee will mark up its versions of the Homeland Security and Financial Services appropriations bills for fiscal 2020.

Wednesday, June 12

House Armed Services — 10 a.m. — 2118 Rayburn
NDAA mark up
The full committee will mark up its draft of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — 2172 Rayburn
Foriegn arms sales
State Department officials will testify on administration plans to increase foriegn arms sales over congressional concerns.

House Veterans' Affairs — 10:15 a.m. — Visitors Center H210
Electronic health records
Department officials will testify on work to modernize VA’s electronic medical records systems.

Thursday, June 13

House Foreign Affairs — 9:30 a.m. — 2172 Rayburn
South Asia
State Department officials will testify on U.S. strategic interests in south Asia and the fiscal 2020 budget request.