A short week ahead in Congress, with no session Thursday and Friday in honor of Rosh Hashana (Happy Jewish New Year, says President Bush.) Tuesday is the sixth anniversary of the terrorists’ murderous attacks against the United States. Starting today, Congress hears from General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker on Iraq. Some speculation that the President names a new attorney general this week.
For a change, let’s start by highlighting trade: At 1:30 p.m. today at 215 Dirksen, a rally will “express support for advancing the trade agenda, including pending trade agreements this fall.” Participating are Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA); Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns; and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, just back from Australia. From Wednesday to Saturday, Gutierrez leads a mission with congressional members to Panama, Peru and Colombia. Aqui está the Commerce’s news release, and the Reuters story is here.
On the House floor schedule are H.R. 811, requiring states to use voting machines that produce a paper trail (not paper airplanes) and some other election reforms, and H.R. 1852, to rework the FHA’s mortgage lending programs.
The Senate takes up S. 1789, DOT and HUD appropriations; expect some amendments to boost spending on infrastructure.
In Berlin, Tuesday (11 a.m. Eastern) Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers an annual Bundesbank lecture, “Global Imbalances: Recent Developments and Their Implications.” (In fact, lots of economic speeches this week by Fed notables.)
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