The Week Ahead: The Week of September 10

By September 10, 2007General

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.

  • House hearings: No Child Left Behind — House Education and Labor holds a hearing on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at 10 a.m. Monday.
  • The Science and Technology Committee holds a full committee hearing at 11 a.m. Tuesday, “Bridge Safety: Next Steps to Protect the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure.” Details here.
  • Senate hearings: Senate Finance holds a hearing on the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement on Tuesday. Details and Commerce Secretary Gutierrez ‘s statement.
  • Senate Judiciary, Wednesday, 11 a.m.: “Regulatory Preemption: Are Federal Agencies Usurping Congressional and State Authority?
  • An Appropropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday on toy safety, lead paint, and the CPSC. Committee schedule for the week here.
  • 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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