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Military commanders will take center stage in a series of House hearings this week, but only in cyberspace.

With the Senate on legislative break, House lawmakers have scheduled a robust series of online hearings, including public testimony from leaders of all five services. Leaders of the National Guard and service reserves will also testify on their budget needs for fiscal 2022 and beyond.

Biden budget delay blows up Hill defense schedule

Senate work on the annual defense authorization bill will be delayed until midsummer because of the ongoing wait for President Joe Biden’s federal budget outline, a delay that could complicate a host of military personnel policy and procurement plans.

The flurry of work comes just days after Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed, D-R.I., announced that his panel will postone markup of the annual defense authorization bill by two months to late July, because of significant delays in the White House’s federal budget submission to Congress.

Hearings with senior defense leaders are expected to take place throughout May and June. Lawmakers are still hopeful the defense budget and authorization bill can be finalized before the end of the calendar year, but doubtful it will happen before the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.

Monday, May 3

House Armed Services — 11 a.m. — online hearing
Amphibious Assault Vehicle mishap investigation
Marine Corps officials and family members of troops killed in the July 2020 AAV accident will testify on the aftermath of the tragedy.

Tuesday, May 4

House Armed Services — 11 a.m. — online hearing
Weapons of mass destruction
Defense officials will testify on this fiscal 2022 budget request in regards to countering the threat of weapons of mass destruction.

House Appropriations — 12 p.m. — online hearing
National Guard and Reserves
The heads of the National Guard and service reserves will testify on the president’s fiscal 2022 budget request.

House Foreign Affairs — 1 p.m. — online hearing
Outside experts will testify on the security situation in Burma.

House Veterans’ Affairs — 2 p.m. — online hearing
Pending legislation
The committee will mark up several pending…