The GOP plans a Friday vote on the strategy to pay for a bipartisan deal on the broken SGR formula with a delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.
Destroying Syria's chemical weapons by a June deadline was the focus of a White House meeting with the disarmament effort's international overseer.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear from project critics and boosters, but no federal witnesses will appear.
Administration praises health care providers for huge savings, but industry says pay cuts from Congress could halt progress on health reform.
The Kentucky Republican is the undisputed favorite at this year's conference.
The more senior Republican says he will challenge the conservative favorite for Ways and Means gavel.
The program has never informed a DOD policy decision, a spokesman said.
NBC News/ WSJ pollsters say the midterm elections are all about turnout, which is influenced by intensity toward an issue.