No all-nighters on the schedule, but the week on Capitol Hill promises to be busy nonetheless (and this update is lengthy), with appropriations bills on the floor and hearings galore. It’s not August yet, you know.
The House convenes at 10:30 a.m. today, heads into business at noon, and among its salutees on the suspension calendar are the Oregon State Beavers (NCAA baseball champs) and New Milford, Connecticut (300 years). Then it’s on to appropriations: H.R. 3074, Transportation and HUD; and H.R. 3093, Commerce and Science. Presidential vetoes have been threatened over total spending levels.
Also hitting the floor is the Farm Bill reauthorization, H.R. 2419. The Ag Committee features a full page devoted to the legislation. Lots of manufacturing-related language, including Title IX, energy (fact sheet here).
The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. moves into consideration of H.R. 1642, higher education reauthorization. This week the Senate also turns to its first appropriations bill of the session, H.R. 2638, the Homeland Security spending bill, a venue for measured discussion of terrorism.
Lots of committee hearings affecting manufacturing this week. Just a few highlights:
NAM President John Engler has been invited to testify Thursday at a hearing on export controls by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. (Details here.) Also on the witness list is John W. Douglass of the Aerospace Industries Association of America.
On Tuesday, 1 p.m., a subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on chemical security regulations and their effect on the public and private sector. (Details here, scroll down.) And at 10 a.m. Thursday, a subcommittee of the Education & Labor Committee holds a hearing, “The Workforce Investment Act: Ideas to Improve the Workforce Development System.”
On the Senate side, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee holds a hearing Tuesday morning on the nomination of Jim Nussle to be OMB director. Nussle will testify. Details here. A Commerce Committee subcommittee continues its Chinese inquiries Wednesday afternoon with a hearing examining U.S.-China trade relations, including its influence on manufacturers, consumers and workers. (That’s inclusive!) Details here. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson appears before the full Environment and Public Works Committee hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss the California waiver. Details here.
And the Executive Branch?
Energy Secretary Sam Bodman is in Victoria, B.C., today, attending the North American Energy Ministerial, meeting with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts. Details ici, aqui.
Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson is holding a daylong conference Thursday examining ways our business tax system affects [editor: restrains] economic growth and U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. Details here. The NAM’s white paper on the topic of taxation and competitiveness is available here.
The President flies to Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, and back at the White House on Wednesday welcomes King Abdullah of Jordan.
Elsewhere: Tonight at 7 p.m. is the first party-sanctioned presidential debate among the Democratic candidates, the CNN/”You Tube” venue, also in Charleston, S.C. The questions are here, starting with one about “net neutrality.” A reasonably jaundiced view of the medium is at Hot Air, quoting Dante.
The House floor schedule the week is available here in a .pdf file. The Senate’s schedule of committee hearings is here.
We opened with baseball; we’ll close with it. Expect an historic week in America’s great pastime — handwringing. The San Francisco Giants begin a homestand against Atlanta today. Barry Bonds is in the on-deck circle.