The Week Ahead: The Week of May 21

By May 21, 2007Energy, Trade

With all the batons being passed as Pat Cleary headed out the door last week, we found ourselves holding the one labeled, “The Week Ahead.” We’ll carry it with …oh, we’ll just carry it. So here we go, like Congress, racing ahead to the Memorial Day recess.

  • NAM President John Engler testifies Wednesday at 10 a.m. before the full House Committee on Natural Resources on H.R. 2337, the Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act of 2007 introduced last week by Chairman Rahall, D-WV. (Hearing notice here.) The boss will urge Congress not to reverse gains made in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and he’ll promote the NAM’s comprehensive strategy, “Energy Security for American Competitiveness.
  • On Thursday, Mike Baroody will finally have an opportunity to demonstrate what we all know: That he would be a conscientious public servant and excellent leader of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Mike’s confirmation hearing before the full Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is Thursday at 10 a.m. (The NAM issued a statement strongly endorsing his nomination last week.)
  • The House convenes Monday with the hope of escaping by Thursday. The week’s top item comes up Wednesday, when the House will consider lobbying reform. At it nows stands, H.R. 2336, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, omits some of the more onerous provisions, such as punitive reporting requirements for grassroots educational campaigns.
  • House leadership is threatening to keep members in Washington if they do not complete action on the lobbying bill or the conference report on the supplemental spending bill to fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. (H.R. 2206.)
  • A possibility also exists that fuel price-gouging legislation will come up, a bit of populist, anti-market posturing that does no one any good. (Did you see the NAM and Chamber’s newspaper ad on the topic? Really good.)
  • Meanwhile, the House Democratic Caucus will gather Wednesday to talk about the recent Administration-Congressional framework on trade agreements. The NAM believes the framework is a reasonable, productive way to move forward on the agreements that will open more markets to U.S. manufacturing exports. May reason prevail.
  • After all that, here’s a link to the House schedule for the week.
  • The Senate convenes Monday and go quickly to the immigration bill. The debate should be fiery.
  • A schedule of Senate committee hearings for the week is here.
  • Elsewhere in Washington, the second meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. (Treasury’s news release here.) Administration officials go into the meetings with the views of manufacturers fresh on their minds, following a recent meeting with the NAM China Task Force.