The week ahead looks an awful lot like the week behind, as the Senate debates Iraq and the House considers appropriations bills. Otherwise, some committee hearings worth noting …
The House convenes today at 12:30 p.m. and takes up business at 2 p.m. Fifteen measures are to be considered under suspension, including resolutions saluting Lesotho (H.Res 294) and modeling and simulation technology (H.Res. 487). Done saluting, the House returns to H.R. 2641, the FY08 energy and water appropriations bill, which is waiting for earmarks to be added; and H.R. 3043, the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.
The Senate convenes at 1 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. returns to H.R. 1585, the defense authorization bill, which is the latest venue for debating Iraq.
As for hearings, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke makes one of his quarterly stops on the Hill, testifying on monetary policy before the House Financial Services Committee at 10 a.m. Wednesday (details here); and before the Senate Banking Committee at 9:30 a.m. Thursday (details here).
The Senate Commerce Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the safety of Chinese-made consumer products at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The day before, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing at 9:30 Tuesday on the FDA’s oversight of the nation’s food supply.
A House Science and Technology Committee subcommittee reviews the practice of transferring university technology to industry, aka the Bayh-Dole Act, at 1 p.m. Tuesday (details here). Across the building, the Senate Judiciary Committee continues its markup of S. 1145, patent reform, at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The NAM is also watching the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s consider “The Status of the Nation’s Waters, including Wetlands, Under the Jurisdiction of the Federal Water Pollution Act.” Hearings are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. (Schedule here.)
The House’s floor schedule for the week is available here in .pdf file, and the Senate’s list of committee hearings is here.
The President is keeping his schedule close to the vest. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab are in Ghana for a summit on African Growth.
Finally, to close the week, Sunday marks Parents Day, or at least the President so declares. No guidance from the White House on whether protocol dictates one or two cards.