The Week Ahead: The Week of September 24

By September 24, 2007General

This week, the global warming issue heats up. Hot enough to pop popcorn?

The House convenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business, and the Senate convenes at 2 p.m., as well. Both this week will consider a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open until Nov. 16.

Among the items on the House floor schedule are a compromise bill expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); H.R. 3567, the small business investment bill; and H.R. 2693, legislation requiring OSHA to regulate exposure limits for chemicals used in making microwave popcorn. The House schedule for the week is here.

The Senate has the conference report to H.R. 1495, Water Resources Development Act reauthorization; H.R. 1585, the FY08 defense reauthorization; and perhaps SCHIP legislation. The schedule of Senate committee hearings for the week is here.

Highlighting NAM member testimony: Dorothy Rothrock, vice president of California Manufacturers & Technology Association, will testify Tuesday at a Senate Environment Committee hearing on “Green Jobs Created by Global Warming Initiatives.” Hearing details here. Fred Moore, global director of manufacturing and technology at Dow Chemical Company, will testify Tuesday at a House Science subcommittee hearing on the Industrial Technologies Program.

House Comittees: House Ways & Means holds an informal markup of the Peru Free Trade Agreement on Tuesday. More information from Chairman Charles Rangel. The full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on rail competition and service. Tuesday, 10 a.m. Details. A Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing Tuesday on APEC and trade. Details.

Senate hearings: Senate Commerce Committee holds a business meeting Thursday to markup, among other things, S. 1889, on railroad safety; S. 1453, the Internet Tax Freedom Extension Act. (Details.) Senate EPW connects global warming to the Chesapeake Bay at a Wednesday hearing. The full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee considers hard-rock mining on federal lands at a Thursday hearing. (Details)

From the White House: President Bush heads to the United Nations 62nd General Assembly in NYC today, as does Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Also today, Governor Schwarzenegger, Al Gore and others gather at the United Nations to encourage greater government intervention in the economy to counter global warming. (Story here.) President Bush hosts a climate-change conference in D.C. on Thursday and Friday. BTW, Reuters has a list of all the climate “summits” this year. It’s an entire mountain range worth.

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