After spending today contemplating national employment trends, Washington enters its autumnal fugue Tuesday, complete with traffic, students and Congress. Even as the President visits Iraq, Congress has the war high on its agenda this week. The Senate votes on the nomination of Jim Nussle to be OMB director Tuesday. The EPA holds hearings on ozone on Wednesday. And with a deep breath, we proceed…
The House convenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, with various minor bills on suspension and votes not occurring until after 6:30 p.m. Due for floor consideration early this week is H.R. 1908, the Patent Reform Act.
This week is largely about Congress defining the latest Iraq narrative, getting ready for the September 15th report from General Petraeus. The House Armed Services Committee hears from GAO Comptroller General David Walker on Iraq “benchmarks” at 10 a.m. Wednesday (details), and the Foreign Affairs Committee hears from him at 2 p.m. (details). Walker speaks to the Senate Armed Services Committe on Friday.
House hearings: At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and Labor holds a hearing on H.R. 2015, The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007. Details here.
The full House Transportation and Infrastructure considers structurally deficient bridges at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Details here and here.
Coal, two hearings. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, a House Science and Technology Committee meets on producing liquid fuel from coal. Details here. And at 9:30 Thursday, the Select Committee on Energy Independence holds a hearing on coal under a cap-and-trade regime. As we post this, the commttee’s website has no details.
The Senate convenes at noon Tuesday, and at 1 p.m. heads into debate on H.R. 2642, the military construction and VA appropriations. Debate on Jim Nussle’s nomination to head the OMB starts at 2:30 p.m. with a vote due at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Senate hearings: In the wake of the Utah disaster, the Labor-HHS appropriations subcommittee considers mine safety at a hearing Wednesday. Details. Senate Environment and Public Works steps into the topic of confined animal feedlots at a hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday.
President Bush, after his surprise stop in Iraq, continues on his way to Australia for Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. The White House held a detailed briefing on his travels last week (here). Less detail follows: Arrives in Sydney on Tuesday evening, which is 14 hours ahead of D.C., clockwise. Wednesday, bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Howard and his government. News conference late morning, and dinner that evening at Kirribilli House. Thursday morning, the President meets with the Labor opposition, and then visits the Australian National Maritime Museum, which features a permanent U.S. exhibit. (Good on you, mates.) And on Thursday, President Bush meets with President Hu Jintao of China.
The APEC stage of President Bush’s visit begins Friday. (APEC’s website is here.) That morning he gives a speech to the APEC Business Summit on many topics, followed by a working lunch with ASEAN leaders. That afternoon, a meeting with President Roh Moo-hyuan of South Korea. Saturday morning, working breakfast with Prime Minister Howard and Prime Minister Abe of Japan. APEC leader events — working meetings, gala dinner — follow. And then the President heads home.
U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab represents the country at the second stage of APEC on Sunday.
The Environmental Protection Agency holds hearing on the proposed stricter standards on ground-level ozone (smog) on Wednesday in Atlanta, Houston and Chicago. Details here. The NAM’s one-pager on the topic is here, and the Philadelphia testimony from the NAM’s Bryan Brendle is here.
The House schedule for the week is available here in .pdf.
The Senate’s hearing schedules is here.
Whew. Is it really still summer?