Congress is out, and yes, far fewer vehicles are on the road in this morning’s commute. Welcome to August in Washington. Forecast: Hazy, hot, humid, with intermittent weekly updates.
The Senate returns post-Labor Day at noon Tuesday, September 4th, to take up the military construction and veterans appropriation and then the nomination of Jim Nussle to be OMB Director. The House is back at 2 p.m. the same day.(Both from the Daily Digest.)
Otherwise, here’s what strikes our fancy on this sultry slow-news day.
Ways & Means Chairman Charles Rangel arrived in Peru Sunday to talk trade and labor standards. To pave the way for a free trade agreement with the United States? To identify yet another reason to put the keibosh on the FTAs? We’re really not sure. He’s joined by Reps. Sander Levin (D-MI), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY). Oddly, we can find no news coverage of the trip here in the United States, so here’s a brief story in Spanish from La Republica. (According to the Babelfish translation, they are “American legislators of the large stone bench.”) On Saturday, the Washington Post editorialized on the trip, expressing cautious hopes that Latin American agreements could still be ratified.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing Tuesday in Albuquerque on “Reducing Barriers to growth of Emerging Energy Technologies.” Details here.) Big week for Albuquerque: Vice President Cheney is there to address the Marine Corps League this morning. (Story.)
President Bush holds a media availabilty at Camp David with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai today. Story here.
Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt is in Baltimore this afternoon, visiting the headquarters of Phillips Seafood and Restaurants. It’s a food-safety event, especially timely since HHS officials were in China last week meeting with their counterparts on the safety of food and drugs. (Statement here.) And when did HHS get a new look to its homepage?
The Federal Reserve meets at noon Tuesday. Meeting notice here. Also Tuesday, the Department of Labor will issue its quarterly report on productivity and labor costs. (Bloomberg story.)
is set to launch Wednesday, heading up to the international space station for construction projects. No jokes about bibulous astronauts, please.
A D.C. panel may notify Judge Roy Pearson that he won’t get a reappointment to his city post. This is the notorious judge who sued his drycleaners for $54 million because they supposedly misplaced his slacks. He is expected to appeal. (Appeal what? We don’t know. It’s just a phrase you automatically add to stories about Pearson.)
Finally, this is the week that Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron’s homerun record, right? And the Missouri State Fair opens on Thursday. It may be slow time in Washington, but it’s Show Time in Sedalia!