The Week Ahead: The Week of September 17

By September 17, 2007General

Commerce considers competitiveness, Congress cavils…er, gavels…into order, and NAM President John Engler is in Las Vegas today talking health care. President Bush nominates a new attorney general this morning (reports say). Tomorrow, the Federal Open Market Committee meets, with interest rates considered. For the week in manufacturing policy stuff, please drive forward …

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. and soon takes up H.R.1585, the DOD authorization. The House convenes at 10 a.m., and after commending, saluting and honoring this and that, this week will consider H.R. 1852, Expanding American Homeownership Act of 2007, and H.R. 2761, terrorism reinsurance reauthorization.

The Senate’s schedule of committee hearings is here. The House schedule from Leadership’s office is here.

  • Senate hearings: At 10:30 Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “Examining Approaches to Corporate Fraud Prosecutions and the Attorney-Client Privilege Under the McNulty Memorandum.” On Thursday at 10 a.m., the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a full oversight hearing on the condition of U.S. bridges. At the same time, the Small Business and Enterpreneurship Committee holds a full committee meeting on the future of women’s small business programs. Also Thursday, Judiciary marks up S. 772, Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act. Details.
  • House hearings: A House Committee on Commerce and Energy subcommittee starts two days of hearings on lead-tainted toys at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Details here. The House Science and Technology’s committee hearing on bridge safety has been rescheduled from last week to this Wednesday. Also Wednesday, Ways & Means considers ways to expand access to unemployment insurance. (Details here.) On Thursday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee considers rail competition and service. Details here.
  • From D.C. to Pomona. The House Education and Labor Committee has two hearings this week of interest to the manufacturing sector. On Wednesday, it marks up H.R. 1644, Re-Empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Tradesworkers (RESPECT) Act”; this is the union-backed bill that changes the definition of “supervisor.” On Friday at Cal Poly it holds a field hearing on science-tech-math competitiveness. Details here.
  • President Bush is expected to nominate retired Judge Michael Mukasey to be the new attorney general this morning. He also meets with the Portuguese PM, Jose Socrates, who also heads the European Union Presidency. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman is in Vienna, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is in France and Britain.
  • National Summit on Competitiveness: The Commerce Department hosts a national summit on competitiveness all day Tuesday. Backround is here, and the agenda is here. Many business and manufacturing leaders will speak along with the Administration’s top people. The summit is being webcast here. NOTE: Registration is closed, but you can subscribe to the webcast via this link.
  • The Federal Open Market Committee convenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Anticipated is a 25 basis points cut in the overnight lending.
  • NAM President John Engler is the keynote speaker this afternoon in Las Vegas at the DMAA-National Manufacturers Association “Intergrated Care Summit.” Details here. On Friday, he speaks to the Manufacturing Summit in Kansas City.
  • Always saving the best for last, don’t you know.

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